Updated April 2014
Non-interruptive military service credit is service credit available to those who served in the U.S. military prior to becoming Public Employees’ Retirement System Plan 1 (PERS) members. If you qualify to receive non-interruptive military service credit, you may apply for it at any time prior to retirement. No payments are required.
To receive credit for military service performed prior to becoming a PERS 1 member, you must:
If you do not meet all of the above requirements, you do not qualify for non-interruptive military service credit.
You may combine interruptive and non-interruptive service to receive up to five years of military service credit, but regardless of the total of the two types of credit you may not receive more than five years credit. The only exception to this rule applies to reservists who were called to active duty. They may earn up to twelve weeks of service credit beyond the five-year maximum.
Service that can be counted towards the 25 years of PERS 1 service that you must have in order to receive non-interruptive military service includes:
It does not include:
You are a veteran for purposes of receiving PERS 1 military service credit if:
Note: Not all of your active federal military service needs to be during a period of war. As long as part of the your active federal military service was rendered during a period of war, you are entitled to up to five years of PERS 1 credit for any active federal military service regardless of when it was rendered.
The following types of military service qualify:
Similarly, if you qualify as a veteran because you received an expeditionary medal, you are entitled to up to five years non-interruptive military service credit for all periods of active federal military service. This is true regardless of whether the service covered by the expeditionary medal occurred during a statutorily defined period of war.
Note: Civil Marriage law allows same-sex couples to marry and entitles all spouses, (regardless of gender) to equal rights in PERS Plan 1. Beginning January 1, 2014, state-registered domestic partners will have the same survivor and death benefits as married spouses.
To find out if you are eligible to receive non-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.