Suspension of disability annuity


Q: I medically retired from a dual-status military technician position two years ago. I receive a disability retirement. I have been working part time for a nonprofit civilian company. I have recently been asked to increase my hours to full time. When I out-processed for my disability retirement, I was told that if my salary reached over 80 percent of my salary at the time of discharge (with adjustments over time) I could lose my disability annuity. Does this amount reflect earnings at my job alone, or do I need to bring in less than 80 percent of my former salary by adding my annuity to my job earnings? I would love to go full time but do not wish to jeopardize my retirement annuity.

A: Only your earnings from wages or self-employment are counted.


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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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