FERS and military service


Q: I was in the Marine Corps in the late 1970s for four years. I bought these four years in the 1990s toward my FERS retirement. Do these four years count toward my meeting my mandatory retirement age and qualifying for my Social Security supplement? At MRA, I will have 28 years of FERS and four years of FERS-purchased military time.

A: Those four years will count in determining your total length of service and used in your annuity computation. They won’t be used in determining the amount of your special retirement supplement. The SRS is based solely on the years when you were a FERS employee.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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