Military retirement and FERS


Q: I am a Federal Employees Retirement Service employee and bought back many years of military service. Since Sept. 11, 2001, I have been called back to active service enough times to get an immediate military retirement (22 years) as a reservist. What will this do to my FERS retirement? I have paid all my military time in FERS.

A: It won’t make a difference. You’ll be able to receive both your FERS annuity and reserved retired pay with no reduction in either.


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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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