Buying back military time


Q: I am an information technology specialist under the Federal Employees Retirement System. I have a service computation date of 1998. I retired early from the Navy with 18 years of military service and part of my retirement is a 30 percent service-connected disability from the Veterans Affairs Department, the rest is from the Navy. If I buy back my military time, will I lose my disability payment along with my retired payment from the Navy?

A: If you make a deposit to get credit for your active duty service, you will also have to waive your military retired pay when you retire from your civilian job. However, you won’t lose any disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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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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