Confirmation of Special Supplement After 30 Years of Service

By on January 20, 2015 in Q&A with 4 Comments

Q: Retiring in Oct 2015, at age 50, with 30 years government service: 23.5 years firefighter, and 6.5 years military (bought back). Would you please confirm my percentage of special supplement at the above point? For example, my scheduled social security is at $1500.00 at age 62.

I had calculated 30/40 and derived 75%, but others suggest it would only be 23.5 /40 ( the amount of just civil service years, and not military, although bought back.

A: In your situation your supplement would be 23/40 of your estimated age 62 Social Security benefit. In calculating the supplement, only full years of civilian service count. Your military service and the half year of civilian service would not count.

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John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.