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Creditable service under FERS usually includes:
Federal covered service, that is, service in which the individual's pay is subject to FERS retirement deductions, such as service under a career or career conditional appointment,
Unused Sick Leave under FERS can be used to increase an individual’s total creditable service for annuity computation purposes only;
Federal service performed before 1989, where an employee's pay is not subject to retirement deductions, such as, service under a temporary appointment, as long as a deposit is paid. There are a few exceptions to the rule that the service must have been performed before 1989. Those exceptions are:
Exception for Individuals with a portion of their FERS annuity computed under CSRS Rules
If you have a CSRS component with deposit or refund service, the CSRS rules will be used to compute the deposit or redeposit for this service.
Making a Civilian Deposit
Deposit: A deposit is the payment for a period of employment when retirement deductions were not withheld from your salary. The deposit amount is, generally, 1.3% of salary plus interest. You are not required to make this type of payment. However, not making the payment will eliminate this service from being used for title or computation purposes.
You should apply to make a payment by completing a Standard Form 3108 Application to Make Service Credit Payment/FERS. You must begin the application process as an employee. Once you begin the application process as an employee, you may continue to make payments even after you separate as long as the separation is not for retirement. Contact your servicing Retirement and Benefits Specialist at Benefits@uscg.mil.