Special extra earnings & Social Security


Q.  On www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm#2002 it states that between the years 1957 and 2001, Special Extra Earnings can be credited to your Social Security benefit for active-duty military service between the above mentioned years. I started drawing Social Security in 2010. How do I determine if these Special Extra Earnings were applied?

A.  The site you included clearly states the following (emphasis added):

  • From 1957 through 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record when you apply for Social Security benefits.
  • From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.
  • After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service.

I think you’ll have to accept the Social Security Administration word that this has or will be done.


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  1. I still think Iam entitled to my $300.00 per month stipend, because the order from Washington D.C. doesn’t say anything about civilian work history. I think its criminal for the social security administration to steal $300.00 per month from veterans simply because of breaks in their civilian work history when it has nothing to do with the military. And Iam going to keep fighting for that stipend. Iam an Honorably discharged U.S.M.C. veteran and that is my money. It isn’t right for social security to come up with a scheme to rob veterans of $3,600 per year. I will be contacting Washington D.C. about my stipend. The politicians in Illinois are thieves.

    • Because this is a site for federal civilian employees and retirees, we aren’t qualified to comment on your situation.

  2. I’m already drawing SS. Can I apply for an increase in future monthly benefits based on my military service?
    If so, can I collect the difference retroactively?

    • Because you had Social Security deductions taken from your pay while in military service, that time has already been taken into account when determining the amount of your Social Security benefit.

  3. Why is this Not disclosed at the time you file for Social Security as to military service and the pay out of years.
    It also does not show up on your earnings. So how much is it worth for 4 years of service 71-75.

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