Q. I have 16 years of military service. My intent is to end my service with the military and work for the federal government. How do I get retirement credit for my military service? Does it transfer over?
I am a divorcee and, if I retire from the military, I will be paying my ex-wife a percentage. How will my retirement be split with my ex-wife if I retire from the federal government?
A. Nonretired members of the military get credit for leave accrual purposes for any periods of active-duty service. Retired members don’t.
Neither get credit for length of service or retirement purposes unless they make a deposit to the civilian retirement system. Further, retired members must waive their military retired pay when they retire from their civilian job. If their former spouses are entitled to a portion of their military retired pay, they are barred by law from making that deposit and waiving their military retired pay. Whether a former spouse would be entitled to benefits from future employment would depend on the terms of the court order ending the marriage. You’d need to consult an attorney about that.