Hello, I was recently appointed to the USMA Class of 2021. My dad is currently active duty in the military, and he was talking to me about the new military retirement plan that is going into effect on January 1st 2018. It essentially shrinks the pension you would typically receive and supplements it with a 401k type thing. I know that if I go to West Point I will be considered active duty and I will be in the Army, but my time there won't count towards my retirement benefits. Will I be forced into the new retirement plan system or will I be able to choose the the old pension system upon taking my Oath? I know retirement is much further down the line, I just want to know my options. Thanks!