USPS early out and special retirement supplement


Q. I am a USPS mail handler and have been offered the early out. I am 49 with 26 years of service. I cannot get the special retirement supplement until I reach my minimum retirement age. Would that be 56 or 60 years old because I don’t have 30 years in? I am hoping for 56; otherwise I have to work four more years to get the 30.

A. You’ll begin receiving the special retirement supplement when you reach your MRA, which is 56.


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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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