Military service deposit


Q.  I am a current FERS employee with prior active-duty military service. When I began federal civil employment, my Service Computation Date (SCD) was established as Dec. 18, 1984. Three years ago, I made a complete payment for military service deposit, i.e., I “bought back” my military time. My SCD has remained the same since then. Should my SCD have been recomputed? Regarding my retirement, what benefit(s) did I gain by buying back my military time?

A. If you were nonretired military, you should have received full credit for your active duty service for leave accrual purposes when you were hired. If you were retired military, no credit is given, even if you make a deposit for that service.


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  1. Your SCD does not change, simply because you bought your military time back. The SCD reflects your active time automatically, for purposes of annual leave accumulation. The reson that you want to buy back your military time is so that your retirement will be based upon more years which gives you more money.

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