Q. I am a recently retired regular army officer. If I accept a GS position with the government, will I forfeit some of my retirement?
A. The choice is up to you. If you take that job, you’ll have the option of making a deposit to the civilian retirement system to get credit for your active-duty service in determining your years of civilian service and have it used in your annuity computation. Then when you retired from your civilian job, you’d have to waive your military retired pay. Doing so would have no affect on any other benefits you are entitled to as a retired member of the military. On the other hand, if you decided not to make a deposit and waive your military retired pay, your eligibility to retire from your civilian job and the amount of your annuity would be based solely on your civilian service.