Q. Is time spent at a military service academy creditable for civilian retirement if the employee did not graduate? A. Yes, time spent at one of the military academies is creditable, even if you didn’t graduate. The only exception to that rule is for foreign nationals who are receiving training under an agreement with a foreign government.
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Q. I was a government employee for several years and didn’t ask for a refund of my retirement contributions when I left. How can I find a record of my employment and if I’m eligible for a deferred annuity? A. Your employment record is stored in the National Personnel Records Center, located in St. Louis, Mo. You’ll find the instructions for getting that information at www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/index.html#. Once you have it, you can complete OPM Form 1496A, Application for Deferred Retirement, available at www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm1496a.pdf, and send it to OPM. If you have at least 5 years of creditable service and are at least 62…
Q. In 2005, I resigned from my position as a civil servant and didn’t ask for a refund of my retirement contributions. At the time I was 51 and had 24 years of service. Do I have any options in order to receive a retirement benefit based on my 24 years of service? A. Because you have at least 20 years of service but fewer than 30, you can apply for a deferred annuity at age 60. That annuity will be based on the average of your highest three consecutive years of basic pay and your total years and full…
Q. I am 37 and have been in the Navy 20 years. I have begun the hiring process with the U.S. Border Patrol. I am an E-8. Should I try and buy back my years in military, which should cost about $8,000? Can I defer receipt of military retirement until I retire from the Border Patrol? I am also curious about the amount of buyback. Is it based on my rate of E-8 or on the total amount I made? Due to my billet and frequent deployments, I made twice what the base pay might be. I spent a lot…
Q. I have 20 years of military service and receive military retirement. I’ve been in FERS for 10 years. I’ve always been told that buying back military retirement wasn’t a good idea. What steps do I need to obtain all the facts necessary to find out if it would benefit me?
Q. I was a summer employee with the Center for Military History in 1979 in Washington, D.C. I do not know how or if I can get credit for that service. I was GS-2, research assistant. How do I go about finding that info?
Q. I did 10 years active duty and just started a job as a GS position and applied to buy back my military time. I was thinking if I bought back the time, I’d only have to work 10 more as a civilian to get to the 20-year mark. My supervisor told me it doesn’t work that way and that buying back my military time was only to get more money in my annuity when I retire. So now I have to do 20 years as a civilian?
Q. I would like to know if the service computation date changes immediately once I begin buying back my time or once I payoff the time? The other question I have is about leave accrual. I know some folks that have begun paying back their deposit and they have had their SCD adjusted plus they also start accumulating leave at the SCD adjustment rate.
Q. I was medically retired at 22 years and my retired pay is tax exempt due to my disability status. If I buy back my 22 years of military service toward civil service retirement (I am a GS grade), will my retired (disability) pay be affected?
Q. I have around 13 years active Army and three years Army National Guard time total. I was a sergeant when I separated in October 2011 from the Army. I just accepted a position at the U.S. Postal Service. How much will it cost me to buy back my military time, or is it even worth it? Would that mean I now would have 13-16 years with the post office counting toward my retirement? Does buying time back do anything for your new or current pay grade in a federal job? Does it count toward leave accruals?