Military retired pay and Social Security benefits


Q. I retired from the Army in 1999 after 25 years of service. In 2000 I went to work for the Department of Defense. I’ll have completed 20 years there next year, when I plan to retire. At that time I’ll be 62. Will I be able to draw military and civil service retired pay and a Social Security benefit?

A. Yes, you will.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to


  1. i have a 23 year military pension and have 15 years federal civil service can I draw social security at 65

  2. I receive retired military pay from my deceased husband. I worked for the post office 7 1/2 years and I’m 65 in 2020. Will my small postal retirement effect either Social Security or the military retirement

  3. I retire from both the military and I am receiving a FERS retirement (13 years with the federal government). Also, I am receiving social security due to my age (66 years old). Can I receive Texas Unemployment Compensation?

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