Military buyback and creditable service


Q. I am a Postal Service employee with 27 years actual service. I also bought back four years of military service (actually three years, 11 months and 28 days). Will I get credit for four full years or three years and 11 months under FERS retirement?

A. While you will get credit for that service in determining your eligibility to retire and in the computation of your annuity, it won’t be included when computing the special retirement supplement. Only actual FERS service will be counted in that.


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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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