Military service deposit and the SRS


Q: I am under the Federal Employees Retirement System and currently have 8-plus years of federal service in a covered position (1811, with an age waiver). I am 52 years old. I would be 63  when I retire under the special provisions for law enforcement employees. I retired from military with 20 years of service and plan to “buy back” my military time for FERS retirement purposes.  After I buy back my military time, and if I decide to retire with only 15 years of federal service (approximately eight years from now; I will be 60 at the time and am aware that I won’t get the special retirement for law enforcement if I don’t complete 20 years), would my 20 years of military service be considered to determine if I am eligible for the Special Retirement Supplement?

A: No, it would not. The special annuity supplement would be based solely on the years that you were employed under FERS.


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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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