Military retirement and civilian options


Q. I am an Air National Guardsman with more than 30 years of service and a dual-status federal technician. I have bought back my military time, so with everything, I have almost 29 years’ federal civil service. I am 52, so I’m about four years away from my minimum retirement age. Due to some health issues, I’ve very recently been put in a “not eligible for worldwide service” category and will have to go to a medical evaluation board. If militarily retired, I know I will lose my technician position. How will these scenarios affect my retirements?

A. To see what your civilian options are, go to and scroll to either Part46A (CSRS) or 46B (FERS). Because this is a site for civilian employees of the federal government, I’m unable to tell you what your options would be for military retirement. You’ll have to check with the personnel office in your branch of service.


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