Making sure that your NGB-23: Retirement Points Statement is 100% accurate is very important. Accuracy on this report ensures that 1) you can retire one time and 2) you are being paid the correct retirement pay based on the correct points. Here are some simple steps on How to Correct Your Retirement Points Statement (NGB-23).
Step 1: Review Your Statement. This is sounds pretty simple, but get on your iPerms and obtain your NGB-23. Look it over and make sure that it matches the previous year’s statement (with respect to past points earned) and then review for the current year. Make sure that the schools you went to (TDY: Active Duty, etc.), correspondence courses and other point sources are accurate. If they are not then…
Step 2: Grab Your Backup Paperwork: If you are not already currently backing up your physical paperwork that is on iPerms…you probably should! No, I take that back…YOU MUST! If you find a discrepancy on your NGB-23, go searching for the backup paperwork. Perhaps you have an old LES which verifies dates for orders or a 1059 which was overlooked. I know it sounds silly, but mistakes happen. Before you bring up an issue, make sure there is actually an issue and verify your paperwork.
Step 3: Talk with your S1 or Readiness NCO. Now that you have done your due diligence, compile your paperwork and address the issues with your S1 shop. Always, in my opinion, vet the issue through your Readiness NCO first. The reason I say so is because they usually are able to resolve issues much quicker with your Battalion staff than you can… Not only that, but they may be able to point out why there is a mistake or if you are way out in left field with your assumptions.
Step 4: Follow Up. Don’t do all this work and then drop the ball. Follow up from time to time until the issue is resolved. Make sure that they are iPerming your corrected paperwork and as always, make sure you have a copy as well for your files!
In most cases, your NGB 23 will be accurate. However, it’s your job to manage your career effectively, and to review your important documents from time-to-time to make sure everything is accurate. Review your NGB Form 23 at least once a year and if you find any discrepancies, follow the advice I listed above to fix it.
What are your thoughts? What process do you use to correct your Retirement Points Statement (NGB-23)? Leave a comment and let us know.