Q. Can post-56 military time that is paid back count toward retirement eligibility under FERS? I know it counts as retirement credit, but I heard that paid-back military time does not count for eligibility. For example, a FERS employee has 15 years of military service that was paid back and has 13 years FERS service and is 55 years old. That person does not qualify for an immediate annuity in two years (30 years total) because 15 years was in the military. That person must wait until age 60 to qualify for an immediate annuity under FERS.
A. What you heard was flat-out wrong. Post-56 military time for which you’ve made a deposit does count when determining your total years of service for retirement and will be used in the computation of your annuity. However, only your actual years of FERS service will be used in determining the amount of your special retirement supplement.