Deposit for military time


Q: My husband has four years active duty, 12 years as a reservist and 18 years as a civilian federal employee. He paid his military deposit in full. He was injured in a nonmilitary-related and noncivilian-related accident, and as a result the reserves put him on TDRL. Can he or will he have to waive his TDRL pay if he wants to use his military time to help him meet the years of service eligibility requirements for a civilian retirement? Or, does the fact he’s receiving TDRL pay prevent him from using his military service for civilian retirement purposes?

A: The fact that he is on a Temporary Disability Retirement List won’t have any affect on the creditability of his active-duty service for civilian retirement purposes.


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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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