Posted on Jan 29, 2021
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Please somebody explain how getting a second federal government career after retiring from the military and only having to work for maybe 10-15 years more and receiving another pension and being able to retire fully by the age of 60. Is this even possible? I heard it was.
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OPM.gov is a great place to look for more info
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I've looked there, Sir. And many careers pop out to me. Just wondering about how second federal retirement works.
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Goverment Civilian retirement is based on the number of years service, your high three year average income and age you retire. It's completely unaffected by your military retirement unless you want to turn down your military retirement to buy those years back into your Civilian retirement. This would make sense if you retired as an E5 or E6 and ended up being a GS15 in DC. Otherwise you just collect your retirement and VA compensation and your paycheck until you retire again and that pay check turns into a separate retirement check.

https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/fers-information/eligibility/
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If there is something specific you want to know please shoot me an IM and I'll give you my email.
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A government employee can retire with as little as 5 years but it's based on how many years you've worked. One thing that's nice is as a military retiree you will start as a government worker making the max amount of leave.
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If you were to go GS your time will start fresh or you could waive your retirement pension from the military and tap into the federal side. When I worked for the Transition Assistance Managment Program office, I had retired coming in and asking about the federal side and HR would give them the below altimadum.

https://militarybenefits.info/military-civil-service-pensions/

Hopefully this helps.
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But what if I didn't want to waive my retirement pension? Could I work like 10-15 years and then get a larger pension and be done?
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SFC Jon Scheil I recommend taking a look at this website:

https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/fers-information/
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SFC Scheil — Check out my way too long response below. The Federal Employee Retirement System or FERS is the rule book for your civil service career. You can keep your military pension without the buy back, but you’re starting a brand new pay and retirement system. In most cases you’ll need to be 55 and have 20 years of civil service time until you can take that second retirement check. Working 10 or 15 more years won’t be enough time to accrue that second pension. There are exceptions for some special pay bands and if you’re a Federal Law Enforcement officer or Firefighter.
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