Q. I am looking to accept a position in the GS system. I was retired as a direct result of armed conflict with 21 years active duty. Will all of those years count toward my FERS retirement? Do I have to buy any back? I just want to know how long I would have to work before I could retire again and receive the FERS retirement. I am 46 now.
A. You would only be able to get credit for that period of active duty service without having to waive your retired pay if you were awarded it on account of a service-connected disability either incurred in combat with an enemy of the U.S. or caused by an instrumentality of war and incurred during a period of war. If you meet that definition, you wouldn’t have to waive your military retired pay; however, you would have to make a deposit to the civilian retirement system get credit for that time in your annuity computation
To meet the eligibility requirements to retire on an immediate unreduced annuity, you would have to have at least 5 years of actual FERS service and meet the minimum age requirement: 62 with 5, 60 with 20, or at your MRA with 30. Your MRA is 57.