Military Service

Military service during state employment
If you leave State service to serve in the military and return to state employment within 90 days of discharge, you may buy your service credit for that time. There is a limited amount of time to purchase this service credit, so it is important to contact MSRS as soon as you return.

 
Military leave after June 30, 2004
To receive service credit for military leave, you may pay into the retirement fund the retirement salary deductions you would have contributed had you been employed by the State during your time of military service. Your employer will pay the employer share of the retirement contribution plus interest.

You must make payment within a time period that equals three times the length of the leave up to five years. For example, if your leave was for one year, you must make payment for this time within three years.


Military leave before July 1, 2004
To receive service credit for military leave, you may pay into the retirement fund the retirement salary deductions you would have contributed had you been employed by the State during your time of military service. Your employer will pay the employer share of the retirement contribution. For your payment, we add 8.5% interest compounded annually. This interest is computed from the date of your leave and must be paid prior to termination.


Military service prior to state employment
If you had military service before working for the State, you cannot buy this time back.