Military buyback


Q. I am buying back my active-duty military service time to be applied to my federal retirement annuity amount. What factors determine the 3 percent rate for the military deposit? In other words, how is 3 percent derived as opposed to some other percentage?

A. I don’t know how it was derived. I only know that it’s the law for FERS employees. See 5 U.S. Code 8423(e). The law for CSRS employees is at 5 U.S. Code 8334(j).


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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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