Military service and FERS supplement


Q: I retired Sept. 29, 2010, under discontinued service as a National Guard Technician and am eligible for an immediate annuity. My military service was from September 1977 through April 1984 (6 ½ years) and my tech service time was from Aug. 11, 1985, through Sept. 29, 2010 (just over 25 years). My military time has been bought back. I was born in 1959 and was 51 years old and 3 months when I retired. Will I get the FERS supplement?

A: Yes, you’ll be eligible for the special retirement supplement when you reach your minimum retirement age, which is 56. Your SRS will be based solely on the years you were a FERS employee. The active duty time for which you paid a deposit will not be included.


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  1. I serve 37 months of active duty [army] octuber 74 to november 77 and another 7 years active duty 80 to 87 coast guard all togheters over 10 years of active duty I may have any chance to collect anything from us gov.Im 63 years old at this point.

    • First, your two periods of active duty service cannot be combined. Second, even if that were possible, it would not add up to enough service to entitle you to a military retirement benefit. The good news is that while you were on active duty, Social Security deductions were taken from your pay. Therefore, when you apply for a Social Security benefit,it will be based on you entire Social Security-covered employment history.

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