Q I have been an air traffic controller since November 1985. I was born in 1960. If I work until I am 56 (mandatory retirement), am I then, or at anytime, eligible for the 1.7 percent calculator for all the 30+ years I am employed?
A. If you are an ATCS with 30+ years and retire at age 56, you have the option of the regular computation, 20 years at 1.7% and remaining years at 1%, or all years at 1.7%, however, if you choose the 1.7% for all years, you would get no cost of living adjustment until you reach age 62.