When you filed your claim for VA compensation, there was a section of the form that addressed that issue. Look at your copy of the application. It should show you agree to accept VA compensation in lieu of retired pay. Possibly block 26...I don't have the form in front of me.I just finished with my IDES process with a DOS of 02 Mar 2020. Do I need to elect VA pay over DOD retired pay? Or is it done automatically? I’m less than 20 years.