This information may apply to you if you performed honorable active duty military service on or after December 31, 1956, in the:
National Guard service is not considered military service unless called or drafted into the actual service of the United States under a call by the President, by orders issued under the authority of section 233(d) of the Armed Forces Reserve Act of 1952, or by orders issued under the authority of a provision of title 10 of the U.S. Code.
Military service performed after December 31, 1956, is automatically credited toward Social Security benefits. Such service cannot be simultaneously credited under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) unless, before retirement, you pay a deposit to the CSRS or FERS fund.
Amount of Deposit
For CSRS employees, the deposit is 7% of the military earnings, while FERS employees pay 3%. A temporary increase in those percentages applies: in 1999, 7.25% for CSRS and 3.25% for FERS; in 2000, 7.40% for CSRS and 3.40% for FERS.
Interest is charged at the variable rate established annually by the U.S. Treasury if the military service deposit is not paid in full within the 3-year period after you became covered by FERS or CSRS.
Special calculation methods apply to employees covered by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). Please contact your servicing Benefits Specialist for additional instructions (BAL 03-105) if USERRA applies to you.
No military service deposit is required for military service performed on or before December 31, 1956.
Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
If you were automatically covered under FERS on January 1, 1987, or any time thereafter, any active duty military service you performed after December 31, 1956 (post-56) can only be credited in a FERS annuity if you make the deposit.
If you elected FERS coverage, and will have a portion of your retirement computed under CSRS rules (also referred to as a CSRS component), then you need to follow the CSRS rules below.
If you elected FERS coverage, but will not have a CSRS component to your annuity, then you will follow the FERS rules.
Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)
If you are covered by CSRS or CSRS Offset, and were first employed under CSRS before October 1, 1982, you need to determine whether you will be eligible for a Social Security benefit:
If you are covered by CSRS or CSRS Offset, and were first employed under CSRS on or after October 1, 1982, any active duty military service you performed after December 31, 1956 can only be credited in your CSRS annuity if you make the deposit.
Military Retired Pay
If you are receiving military retired pay, you may need to waive your military retired pay and make the deposit for the post-1956 service if you want to credit any of the military service in your CSRS or FERS annuity. Exceptions to the waiver requirement are if the military retired pay was:
While waiver of military retired pay may not be necessary under these exceptions, creditability of the military service is still subject to the rules regarding payment of the post-1956 deposit.
Important Points to Consider:
Making the post-1956 military service deposit is optional, however, please consider these factors:
Your FIRST STEP:
Your SECOND STEP:
When you receive the completed statement of earnings back from the military finance center, please fax it or mail it to your servicing Benefits Specialist (PDF). We will compute the amount of deposit and any applicable interest, and mail this computation to you, along with further instructions on how to make the payment.
If you have any questions, please contact your servicing Benefits Specialist (PDF).
RI 20-97, Estimated Earnings During Military Service
(For employees of USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs and the Merit Systems Protection Board)