Social Security, military and FERS retirement pay


Q. I’m retired from the military with 21 years (retired in 1992) and eligible for retirement again from the VA in five years under FERS. I will have 25 years with the VA at retirement. Will my FERS annuity or Social Security benefit be affected since I’ve been receiving military retirement pay every month since I retired?

A. Your FERS annuity, which is based solely on your civilian employment, wouldn’t be affected by your retired military pay, and any Social Security benefit you receive would be based on your total years of Social Security-covered employment.


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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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