The Retired Activities Office (RAO) was first established in November 1981 as mandated by the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations Directives and is one of four elements of the Navy’s Retired Activities Program. The other three elements are the Secretary of the Navy’s Retiree Council, Retiree Seminars/Retiree Appreciation Days, and the Shift Colors and Semper Fidelis official retiree newsletters.

Once a year Naval Base San Diego RAO holds a Military Retiree Seminar and Fair. This year’s event will be on November 2nd.  What’s it like? Photos from the 2018 events are posted at or


Facility Contact Information
Naval Base San Diego

Location: 3005 Corbina Alley, Bldg. 259, San Diego, CA 92136
Phone: (619) 556-7412


Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Location: 800 Seal Beach Blvd., Bldg. 22
Phone: (562) 626-7152


The RAO supports and enriches the lives of military retired personnel, their families and eligible former spouses of military retirees. The RAO serves as a liaison between local military retirees, organizations and agencies working to ensure retirees receive their benefits and entitlements earned for their military service.

Those organizations and agencies include: Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS), Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR) and the Veterans Administration (VA). RAOs are primarily staffed by military retirees serving as volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at a RAO, please contact the RAO nearest to you.

 Services Provided

  • Entitlements
  • Benefits
  • Privileges
  • Incapacitated/Dependent (Adult Child)
  • Getting things in order checklist
  • Preparing claims
    • Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP)
    • Death Benefits under the Civil Service Retirement System
    • Unpaid compensation
    • Allotment changes
    • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
    • Report of Existence (ROE)
    • MyPay enrollment
    • Change of address/direct deposit/beneficiary/state and federal tax withholdings
    • IRS report of military retired or annuity pay received (IRS form 1099R)
    • Form authorizing withholding’s of military retired or annuity pay received (IRS forms  W-4/W-4P)
    • Legal referrals
    • Wills, trust, and probate
    • Bankruptcy
    • Family Law
    • Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA)
    • Former spouse percentage of retired pay as determined by the “Brown’s Formula”
    • Survivor Benefit Plan/Program (SBP) Counseling
    • Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
    • Agencies supporting and providing military benefits and entitlements
    • National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) to request active duty service and medical records



  • Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)
  • Medicare, Social Security, TRICARE, Elder Abuse
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Tax Preparation Assistance
  • U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • CALVETS (California VA benefits & entitlements)
  • Navy Legal, Legal Aid Society Government Life Insurance
  • Military Burial at Sea




Contact Information (Phone)

Burial at Sea Program, Navy & Marine Corps Mortuary Affairs Office

(866) 787-00811

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)

(800) 538-9552

Department of Veterans Affairs

(800) 827-1000

Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS)

(800) 321-1080

Nationwide ID Lab Facilities

Make an appointment at:

• ID Lab Naval Air Station North Island

(619) 545-5046

• ID Lab Naval Base San Diego

(619) 556-9248

• ID Lab Naval Medical Center San Diego:.

(619) 532-6557

Navy Region Southwest Resources


Military Funeral Honors

(800) 326-9631

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for Civil Service Employment/Annuit Pay

(888) 767-6738

San Diego County Veterans Service Office

(858) 694-3222

Social Security Administration

(800) 772-1213

Southern California National Cemeteries

Bakersfield National Cemetery

(866) 632-1845

Miramar National Cemetery

(858) 658-7360

Riverside National Cemetery

(951) 653-8417

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

(707) 693-2460

San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery

(209) 854-1040

Information about California State Veterans Cemeteries and both open and closed National Cemeteries


TRICARE Express scripts


Mail Order Pharmacy

(877) 363-1303

TRICARE for Life (TCL)

(866) 773-0404

TRICARE Information Center

(877) 988-9378


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