FERS/military retirement, service computation date


Q. I was active-duty military (Title 10) from 1988 to 1999. I joined the National Guard soon after I ended my time in service from active duty, and in February, I retired as a member of the active guard reserve (Title 32). In April, I became a federal civilian employee. I plan to retire at age 56 from FERS. This coincides with my federal MRA+10 (age 56). Can I collect a FERS retirement and a military retirement? I intend to buy back those 10 years of active duty.

Next question: Will my creditable military service (active duty title 10) time count towards my service computation date for leave purposes?

A. If you make a deposit to get credit for your active-duty service, you can collect a FERS retirement based on your combined civilian and active-duty service and reserve retired pay. Whether or not you make a deposit, you’ll get credit for your active duty service in determining your service computation date for leave accrual purposes.


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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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