Military service and retirement


Q: I have nine years of military service that began Nov. 28, 1980, and ended Dec. 3, 1989. My federal service began Dec. 4, 1989, and I am still employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. I am under the Federal Employees Retirement System. On Nov. 27, I will have 30 years of continuous service if you include the military time. Does that qualify me for the any-age minimum retirement age under FERS with 30 years of government service?

A: Because you are covered by FERS, those years of active-duty military service would only be considered to be creditable service for retirement purposes if you have made a deposit for that time to the civilian retirement fund. If you have made a deposit and will have 30 years of creditable service, you can retire at your MRA. If you haven’t, you can’t.


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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

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