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Military and civilian retirements

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Q. I am receiving a military retirement check from Army for 20 years of service. I have been a civilian civil service employee for 20 years and am eligible to retire. Can I receive another retirement check as a civilian government employee besides the military retirement check? A. Yes, you can continue to receive your military retired pay and an annuity based solely on your civilian service.

Medicare application

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Q. We are getting conflicting answers to a question. I am retired from Civil Service and have Blue Cross Blue Shield (high option), as well as Medicare Parts A and B. My husband is under my BCBS policy. He just turned 65 but will continue to work until 66. Can he apply for his Medicare card Parts A and B now? If yes, how and where? Medicare has not sent us paperwork. A. He can apply online at www.ssa.gov/medicareonly.

Military service and buyback

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Q. I was in the Air Force title 10 from July 1977 to April 1992 (14 years and seven months). I was in the Air National Guard title 32 from June 1992 to June 2006 (14 years). I retired from the Guard title 32 and am receiving a retirement check. I now have a civil service job, and human resources is saying I can purchase the title 10 time toward retirement. If I purchase the title 10 time, will I have to forfeit my title 32 military retirement? Also, if this is correct, how would the 14 years benefit my…

Pension from Signal Corps

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Q. I worked as a civil service employee for the Signal Corps, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, from 1961 to 1966. Would I be entitled to any kind of pension? A. If retirement contributions were taken from your pay, you left those contributions in the retirement fund when you left and you had worked full-time for at least five years, you’d be eligible for a deferred annuity at age 62.

Military buyback for former civil servant

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Q. I am a guardsman who has been on continuous active-duty orders since June 2004. Before 2004, I was employed as a civil service technician since 1981 (I am a FERS employee). When I went on orders in 2004, I was continued in leave-without-pay status in my Civil Service technician position by my Guard unit until my five-year USERRA rule ran out in 2009, when I was forced to give up my technician position or face being placed in absent-without-leave status. Now that I am nearing the end of my active-duty orders in October (I do not have enough active-duty…

Specifics on buying back military time

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Q. I have nine years’ active-duty time from 1991-1998 and 2001-2003. I am now interviewing for a Civil Service position and want to know how much it will cost me to buy back those years toward retirement. I keep reading that deposits have to be made, but I can’t find a description of what that means. How much will it cost me to buy back my nine years? When does that amount have to be paid? Before I start, during my employment or at retirement? And if I buy back nine years, when will I be eligible for retirement? A.…

Medicare Part B and FEHB

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Q. My question concerns what happens when I turn 65. I am 63; what happens with my Civil Service health benefits? I have been told to keep these benefits and not go on Medicare. Is that still true? I would get better coverage with my Civil Service. I am single and would not be eligible on a spouse’s plan, etc., and do not have Social Security benefits. A. You should continue your enrollment in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program. And you should enroll in Medicare Part A because you already paid for it through payroll deductions. As for Medicare…

Public and private insurance

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Q. I have Civil Service retirement and my husband is on my Blue Cross Blue Shield federal policy. He is older than I and will be 65 in September and will be signing up for Medicare. Will he still be covered by my federal policy as his supplemental policy when he signs up for Medicare, or will he then be on the South Carolina BCBS state policy? We reside inSouth Carolina. A. Assuming that he is retired, when he signs up for Medicare, it will be primary and, for him, your FEHB BCBS self and family enrollment will be secondary.

Wildland firefighter credit

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Q. Federal wildland firefighters receive extra credit for their service. I was a seasonal wildland firefighter during the summers of 1960-64 in Montana and Idaho. This was before these positions were classified at the higher level. I plan to retire from Civil Service employment this year (age 71). Can I apply (and how do I?) for credit under this provision? A. The best way to find out is to complete a copy of Standard Form 2803 (CSRS) or 3108 (FERS), available at www.opm.gov, click on Find Form(s) and send it to the address on the form.

Retirement pay and federal rehire

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Q. I worked a little less than six years, from September 2005 to July 2011, as a Foreign Service officer. I was 60½ when I left the Foreign Service as a direct hire and am now working there as a contractor. A document from the Office of Retirement indicates that I am eligible to receive retirement pay beginning in December 2012, when I turn 62, but now I am about to start a civil service job with the Department of Defense. Will I still receive my retirement pay from DoS? A. Yes, but the salary of your new position may…

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