Military deposit


Q. I did a military buyback for my three years’ active military duty quite a long time ago. I am under FERS and there has never been anything entered in Box 21 Military Deposit on my Earnings and Leave Statement. Is this anything to be concerned about as I near retirement age? If so, what would suggest I do?

A. There probably isn’t anything to be concerned about. However, to be sure, take any paperwork you have that shows you made the deposit to your payroll office and show it to them.


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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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