Updated September 2011
Interruptive military service credit is service credit available to those who temporarily leave their Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System Plan I (LEOFF 1) employment to serve in the U.S. military. If you are an eligible LEOFF 1 member, you may receive credit for your interruptive military service. No payments are required.
To receive interruptive military service credit under federal law, you must:
Most types of military service qualify members to receive military service credit. They include:
State law provides for a maximum of five years of interruptive service credit. However, if you rendered service in excess of five years on or after December 4, 1974, and initiated a return to employment with a LEOFF-covered employer within the time limits defined by federal law, you may be eligible to receive credit for your excess service under federal law. Contact your retirement benefit specialist for further information.
You may apply to receive interruptive military service credit at any time after you have completed military service and returned to LEOFF-covered employment.
To find out if you are eligible to receive interruptive service credit, send your request for a determination along with documentation of your military service, such as a DD214 form, to your retirement system for review.
If you have questions contact DRS