Q. I worked in Saudi Arabia as an Army civil servant from 2012-2016. I now work in the U.S. at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton where I receive locality pay. If I work here for two years, how is my retirement pay under FERS (42 years of service) computed? What if I spend one year overseas (no locality pay) and two years stateside (with locality pay) — do I get the average of the three years?
A. Yes. Your annuity will be based on the average of your highest three consecutive years of basic pay, which includes locality pay.
Wow, so a FERS retirement is now 42 years?
He is a double dipper, who bought back his military time.
Yes, it’s a right provided by law.
@Karen, original post just says he has 42 years under FERS (and either bought back military time as described above or was CSRS and transferred to FERS). The requirements to retire under FERS are the same as always:
Age 62, 5 years of service
Age 60, 20 years of service
Minimum Retirement Age (56 or 57), 30 years
Minimum Retirement Age (56 or 57), 10 years (penalty of 5 percent a year for each year under age 62)