Service computation date


Q. I have been a Postal worker since 1988. I bought back my military service. My Postal RTR detail report calculates my retirement computation date as September 13, 1982, as well as my annuity computation date. My RIF comp date is the same. My Navy service began on June 9, 1981. Is there a reason why there is a year-and-3-month discrepancy? Are there conflicting calculations that I’m not aware of? 

A. It was entered correctly. That’s because you can’t get credit for a period of time when you were neither on active duty nor an employee of the federal government. The 1-year-and-3-month gap doesn’t count when setting your service computation date.


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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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