Military Buy Back and Your Future Annuity

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By on January 5, 2015 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments

Q: In the Special Retirement Supplement article you state that military buy back time is not used in computing the SRS. What about military buy back time in acquiring 30 years at MRA to get SRS? At my MRA, I will have 29 years and I am eligible to buy back some military time. If I buy back the time, will it count towards the 30 years needed at MRA to be eligible for the SRS?

A: Military time for which a deposit has been made will count for the 30 years of service for the purpose of retirement eligibility and retirement computation. They simply do not count in the computation of the supplement.

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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.