Browsing: military retirement

Retirement credit

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Q. I was called to active duty in 2009 to serve in Iraq. However, when I was ordered to active duty, I used my annual leave and my military leave during my short stay. While serving on active duty, I was getting paid and retirement deductions were being deducted from my pay, along with all the other deductions. So, my question is: Shouldn’t that time be counted toward federal credit? Especially since retirement deductions were being taken and I was using leave the whole time.

Military service, buyback and retirement money

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Q. I served five years and six months active duty in the Air Force from January 1989 to July 1994. In 1996, I joined the Air National Guard. I am in the Air Guard and have 24 years of service with eight years’ active-duty time. In 1999, I became a full-time federal law enforcement officer. In seven years, I will be 50 and have 21 years’ covered federal law enforcement. If I buy back my military time to get additional federal retirement, will I still be able to receive my military retirement at 60? Or am I better off not…

Military and federal retirements

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Q. I retired from the Marine Corps after 21 years of service in 2002, and I’m working with the State Department. I have 10 years of service with the department and plan to do 20 years and retire from the department at 59. Can I earn separate retirements, or do I need to combine my military time with foreign service time when I retire from the department? A. Yes, you can earn two separate retirements.

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.

Disability, military and federal service, and retirement

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Q. I retired in 1993 with 24 years of service and 30 percent disability. I am a government employee under FERS with 12 years. When I retire, will I able to receive both FERS and my military retirement pay without a reduction in pay? A. You would be able to receive your military retired pay and an annuity based solely on your years of actual FERS service.

Federal and military employment and retirement

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Q. Hello, I have seen many questions about getting credit for military service when retiring under FERS, but I wonder if it works the other way, too. If a person was in the military, separated from service and worked for the federal government under FERS, and then went back into the military, is his FERS time creditable to his military retirement? A. No.

Military and federal service and retirement

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Q. I am looking at a job with the USPS. I have 10 years of active-duty service in the Air Force and three or four good years in the Reserve. I never reached 20 years to receive military retirement. How do these years in military service apply toward retirement and benefits if I get a job with the USPS? Do I have to buy back these years if I never received retirement, and how does that work? Then how long would I need the USPS job to gain retirement from the USPS? A. If you worked for the federal government,…

Using federal service toward military retirement

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Q. I worked one year at the veterans hospital in Palo Alto, then joined the Navy. I am exploring retirement from the Navy after 26 years of good service. Can I link my federal service toward military retirement? Every year of military service means 2.5 percent more toward retirement. Most people are asking about the opposite. A. No.

Military service and leave accrual

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Q. I recently retired from the military with 23½ years of active duty. This included combat duty in Iraq. I have started employment as a federal GS employee within the past 60 days. Does my veteran status entitle me to more than the basic four hours of annual leave per pay period? A. According to OPM, “For leave accrual, retirees receive credit only for: actual service during a war declared by Congress (includes World War II covering the period Dec. 7, 1941, to April 28, 1952) or while participating in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is…

MRA

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Q. I served in the Marine Corps active duty from 1975-1987, then in December 1987 became a civil servant under FERS as a special agent (1811) until I retired in 2009 with 21 years of civil service. I bought back my 12½ years of active-duty military time, giving me 33½ years of federal service at age 51 (I was 17 when I joined the Marines). I stayed in the Marine Corps Reserves with 20 good years and will start to draw my military retirement annuity at age 60. I am 55. What is my MRA? I receive the special retirement…

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