Return to active duty and FERS retirement


Q. My military service computation date is Feb. 13, 1983, although I initially entered military service in November 1982. I have completed 30 years of military service, of which 12 years were active duty and the rest in the reserves.

Additionally, I entered federal civil service in February 1992 and made my military buyback deposit to adjust my service computation date to July 1989. I am serving in the excepted service.

I am considering voluntarily returning to active duty but am concerned that if I do so, the time I spend on active duty will not be counted toward my FERS retirement.

A. If you went on active duty, that service wouldn’t be counted for FERS retirement purposes unless you returned to work for the federal government and made a deposit for that time.


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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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