Military buyback and MRA


Q. I am a FERS employee with 20 years in civil service and have made a deposit for 13 years of military service (active duty). Do my years of military service count toward years of service for MRA purposes? In other words, am I now eligible for an immediate retirement at my minimum retirement age (56) since my combined years of service are over 30?

A. Yes.


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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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