Merchant Marine service questions


Q. I graduated in the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., Class of 1954. Recently a friend told me he thought academy time counted for Social Security calculations. I have been on several websites trying to search this out, including yours, but cannot find mention of the academy but have found mention of the four other service academies.

Is Kings Point covered? If so, what reference should I cite for filing an amendment with Social Security?

A. Service in the Merchant Marine, whether at the academy or on active duty, has never been considered creditable service for retirement under CSRS or FERS. Whether it is creditable for Social Security benefits is something you’ll have to find out by calling the Social Security Administration. To talk to a benefits specialist, call 1-800-772-1213.


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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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