Active Duty Military Service
You can receive credit for time you spend in active duty military service
with the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard.
There may or may not be a cost to you, depending on whether your active duty
service occurred during (intervening) or outside of (nonintervening) your state
Your service is considered intervening service if you leave state
employment, directly enter active duty in the U.S. armed forces, including
reserve components, and return to employment with the state of Michigan within
six months of discharge.
Nonintervening service is active duty service that does not interrupt
your state of Michigan service.
cannot receive credit for military service if you receive credit for the
same service under another retirement system. However, this restriction
doesn't apply if you will be eligible to retire from the federal
government due to service in the reserve component.
- If you are receiving disability benefits from the Veterans
Administration and are not eligible to receive a regular age and service
retirement benefit now or in the future, you may be eligible to purchase
your active duty service. You will need to provide a copy of your most
recent Retiree Account Statement (RAS). This can be obtained at
https://myPay.dfas.mil, by phoning
(800) 321-1080, or writing to the address below.
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
U.S. Military Retirement Pay
P.O. Box 7130
London KY 40742-7130
- If you have both intervening and nonintervening military service, you
may be limited to 5 years.
- If your military leave interrupted your state service, you may receive
up to 5 years of service credit at no cost.
- You may use intervening military service credit to satisfy your vesting
- If your military leave of absence meets the criteria established under
the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)*
you will be granted service credit for the time you served in the military
(subject to statutory limits) and any creditable decompression time allowed
under the following guidelines:
Less than 31 days. Your military service and travel time from the
place of service to your residence, plus 8 hours.
31 to 180 days. Your military service and up to 14 days of
181 or more. Your military service and up to 90 days of
*USERRA is a federal law that provides reemployment rights for
individuals who have served in the military.
- If your active duty U.S. military service did not interrupt your state
service, you can purchase up to five years of credit.
- Nonintervening military service may be purchased in any fraction of a
- Nonintervening military service cannot be used to satisfy vesting
- You must be a contributing member of the Defined Benefit (DB) plan to
initiate this application.
Intervening service credit: No cost.
Nonintervening service credit: Your cost will be 5 percent of your previous
highest fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) income earned as a state of
Michigan employee times the number of years of military credit you are buying.
If you worked less than full-time during the previous highest fiscal year, your
part-time wages will be equated to full-time to determine the cost of your
service credit purchase.
Military Service Credit Application (R0081G) with a copy of your military
discharge papers (DD214) showing entry and separation dates to ORS.
For copies of your military papers, write to:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100.
You can also request the papers online by visiting