Military time and retirement


Q: Do my nine years of active-duty Air Force service that I bought back count toward computing my FERS retirement date from the U.S. Postal Service or do they only count toward my retirement-pay percentage? I thought when I bought my military time back it counted toward my retirement-eligibility date.

A: Since you made a deposit for your active-duty service, it will be used in determining your length of civilian service, which will affect your annuity computation date and your annual leave category, and in your annuity computation when you retire.


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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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