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I have tricare after 20 years in the national guard and reaching 60 years old
If a person is in the army, air force or whatever for their regular 4 or 6 year stint, can they get tricare when they get out? Or only after 20 years service?
I am not a TRICARE expert, but this is how I understand it.
Some members under limited circumstance may be awarded Tricare after only a short stint. (Some returning combat vets are getting it occasionally now after they get out after 4yrs) But Tricare is generally designed for honorably discharged retired US veterans who don't get some other form of VA care. And even then Tricare can be a 2nd party coverage for families. (Like mine who are covered under my wifes work plan and Tricare is the secondary payee)
After thinking about it some more, I think it is like this:
National guard, 20 years service but you don't get it until you are 60.
Regular service, 20 years but you get it as soon as you retire. You could get in the service at 18 and be retired with tricare at 38.
You can also get it before 60 after reserve retirement under gray area retiree but is more expensive though.
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