Military buyback and Social Security


Q. I am a VA employee with 31 years of VA service and three years in the Marine Corps.

I am 60. If I qualify for a FERS MRA+30 retirement (which I believe I do), would it make a significant difference in the monthly SS portion of my benefits if I bought back my three years of military time before I actually retired?

A. Making a deposit for that time would increase the amount of your annuity; however, it would not affect your special retirement supplement or your actual Social Security benefit.


About Author

Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

Leave A Reply