Creditable service


Q. I have worked at this command since Aug. 21, 1972. I started as a full-time nonappropriated fund employee for the club system in the personnel office and was vested in the Headquarters Marine Corps retirement system. On Sept. 26, 1983, I was hired into an appropriated fund position in human resources without a break in service of more than three days. I am a CSRS employee. It is my understanding that I do not get credit for the 11 years of NAF service for retirement even though I got credit for it for leave, etc. I am contemplating retirement, but without the NAF credit, I am only entitled to 30 years of creditable service toward retirement versus 41 years.  Is this true, and is there any way I can buy back the NAF service to get credit for that time?

A. To the best of my knowledge and research, while you can get credit for that NAF service in determining your years of service, that time can’t be used in the computation of your annuity.


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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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