Medical military retirement and FERS annuity


Q. I am a 12-year (1987-1999) Air Force veteran who got medically retired with full benefits. I have been with the federal government since 2006 in FERS. If I bought my military time back, how would that affect my medical, ID card, and all the perks of being military retired?

A. While I’m not qualified to answer questions about military benefits, I’ve been told by others in your situation who bought back their time that it had no effect on those military perks. Note: You need to check with your personnel office to find out if you would need to waive your military retired pay when you retire.


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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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