Q. I am 52 years old. Before coming to work for the government, I was in the Navy for six years and received an honorable discharge. I am leaving a 27-year career and going into the ministry. Am I eligible for any retirement benefits?
A. If you made a deposit to get credit for your active-duty service, you would be entitled to an annuity when you reach your minimum retirement age, which is 56 years and 2 months. If you didn’t make a deposit, you’d be eligible for one at age 60. Note: To be eligible for an annuity at either point in time, you’d have to leave your retirement contributions in the retirement fund instead of asking for a refund.