Q. If I am terminated from my position for performance, will I be eligible for a Discontinued Service Retirement? I am age 53 (54 next month) with 28 years of service including military payback for those years served.
Will I also be eligible for the special retirement supplement once I reach my MRA?

A. The answer is “yes” to both questions.


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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.


  1. I was forced to resign because of harassment, discrimination and hostile work environment on my resignation letter, placed the reason for this action. I have 24 years and 6 months of service at age 54 am I eligible for DSR?.

  2. Donna Johnson on

    I am currently 53 yrs old with 32 yrs in Postal Service. I am being offered VER. Am I elligeble to receive Fers Supplement at my current age. I am under FERS currently.

    • No, you aren’t. You wouldn’t begin receiving the FERS retirement supplement until you reached your minimum retirement age, which is 56 years and 3 months.

  3. Shawn Robertson on

    I am a 50 year old FERS Military Technician with over 20 years as a DoD Civilian. I have submitted my request for retirement from the Army Reserve after almost 30 combined years of service, and once approved, I will no longer meet the COE and will be separated from Federal Service. I have already bought back all of my Active Duty time.

    My question(s) are:

    I will be eligible for the DSR due to the fact that I no longer meet the COE correct?
    If approved for the DSR, what is it drawn from(FERS, Retirement, etc?)
    How do I apply for the DSR?

    I have searched the FERS handbook, and been to Federal Retirement Seminars hosted by the USACE, but neither were helpful, or did not pertain at the time I attended.

    Your site is awesome Reg…Thanks!

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