Special retirement supplement eligibility

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Q. My retirement computation date and annuity computation date is Jan. 20, 1981 (showing 33 years at the end of January 2014 because I paid back four years of military). Does that mean I would not receive the special retirement supplement because I’m not 30 years, as military didn’t count toward the supplement even though I had paid the money back (as seen in above comp dates)?

A. You will receive the special retirement supplement. However, by law, the SRS will be based solely on your actual years of FERS service. It won’t include any service for which you’ve made a deposit.

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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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  1. Mr. Jones,

    I am a FERS employee and plan to retire 5/31/16 with 30 years and 9 months of service. One year of my service I was permitted 1183.85 of LWOP for a complicated pregnancy and maternity leave. How will this effect my creditable service with the OPM for retirement and the special supplement? Everything I have read states you won’t be effected if it is less than 6 months, but does not address how you are effected if it is greater than 6 months. Thanks in advance for your help.

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