Coast Guard service


Q: My friend served seven years and three months in the Coast Guard and has worked for the post office for 25 years. He’s looking to retire, but was told that his Coast Guard time is not counted, and he would only be entitled to $400 per month. He is turning 56 on Sept. 24.

A: Active-duty service in the Coast Guard is creditable for determining his length of service and in the computation of his annuity, but only if he makes a deposit to the civilian retirement system, plus accrued interest, while still employed.


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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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