Credit for military time


Q. I have a friend who attended the Air Force Academy years ago and later retired as an officer, after which he had civil service employment and subsequent retirement from FERS. He was not informed at the time of his civil service retirement that his academy time could be credited toward his civil service retirement time if he paid the 3 percent. He recently found out about it but when he asked, he was told it had to have been done at the time of civil service retirement. This doesn’t sound right. Surely there is an appeal process.

A. What he was told was correct under current law.


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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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