I must not get out much, so I didn't realize these guys had stopped publishing hardcopy. There's always been an option to download it off the BUPERS website, but they're finally building a subscription list.
Shift Colors e-mail distro instructions
Recently, we attempted to get a civilian contract that would handle the printing and mailing of Shift Colors. There were no bidders on any of our proposals, so we are currently still publishing online
If you haven’t already done so, you can sign up for e-mail delivery of Shift Colors. Just send an e-mail to Mill_ShiftColors@navy.mil and include the following information: your full name, your e-mail address (please do write it out; it’s much easier to copy it into our database), your rank or preferred salutation (Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc.), your military affiliation (whether or not you’re retired, active duty, a veteran, a surviving spouse, or just someone who’s interested in receiving the newsletter).
Anyone can subscribe. It's not "must-read" material, but I enjoy keeping tabs on what they think are the latest hot retiree issues. (Hot issues for retirees, not issues about hot retirees...) I much prefer an e-mail subscription because the BUPERS website is a pain in the neck to navigate when the traffic spikes, and I never remember to check newsletter websites for new material.
Occasionally they publish their good checklists of "what to do now that you've retired" and "what to do if your Navy retiree wakes up dead".
These little niche magazines will probably see their hardcopy permanently killed off by the Internet. The Naval Academy's alumni magazine is down from monthly to six bi-monthly issues and a couple
"special issues". Even the U.S. Naval Institute's "Proceedings" magazine has been fighting budget cuts & printing costs. I guess PDF e-mails and RSS will be the subscriptions of the future.