Q: I am an active-duty retiree and served 26 years continuous active duty, retiring in 1997. I am employed under FERS. I am in the process of establishing a military deposit account and understand that the amount of the deposit must be paid in full prior to submission of a retirement application in order to receive credit for my active-duty time for federal retirement. I would like to know if there are any provisions in law that allow enlisted retirees to receive military retirement and federal civilian retirement for the same periods of service. I am also in receipt of VA disability compensation for service-connected disability which, as I understand it, is not affected by any federal retirement options.
A: In the retirement statute, no distinction is made between commissioned and noncommissioned military retirees. You are correct that your VA disability payments would not be affected.