Military service credit


Q: I have 20 years of military service as an Air Force reservist.  I plan to accept a federal GS-14 position and make a deposit into the Federal Employees Retirement System to get credit for my military service in my federal retirement calculation. Then I will retire from the reserves and receive reserve retirement pay.  Under FERS, will I be forced to waive my reserve retirement pay?

A: Making a deposit to get credit for any active duty service in the military won’t have any effect on your reserve retired pay. You will not have to waive it. That requirement only applies to those who are retiring from active duty in the armed forces.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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