Q. I am a FERS employee with 18 years of service. I am retired military with 20 years of service that I bought back soon after I became a FERS employee. I turn 56 this year. Am I entitled to the special retirement supplement and, if so, how would I calculate the amount? My question is based on guidance I was provided that stated the requirement for the SRS is “Retirement at MRA with 30 years” or “Retirement at age 60 with 20 years” … but only true FERS time counts, not military time.
A. The guidance you were provided is correct. The special retirement supplement is based solely on your actual FERS service. To find out how the SRS is calculated, go to www.opm.gov/retirement-services/publications-forms/csrsfers-handbook/c051.pdf.