Special retirement supplement and military time


Q. I’m a DoD federal employee with three years of military service included in my FERS retirement. I know the three years count toward my pension calculation, but do they count toward the supplemental Social Security benefit? I’m eligible to retire in October and will be 56 with just over 30½ years of service including my military time. Will the supplement be calculated at 27½ years or 30½?

A. Your special retirement supplement will be based solely on your period of FERS employment. Unless you made a deposit for your three years of military service, they won’t be included when determining your years of service or in your annuity computation.


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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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