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Purchasing Service Credit

U.S. Government Service – To apply for U.S. Government service rendered outside of Pennsylvania you must meet certain conditions:

Military Service – You may purchase service rendered in the Unites States Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard).  There are three types of United States Armed Forces military service which you may purchase:  

1.      Intervening –Intervening military service is also known as Selective Service or “The Draft”.  To qualify for this purchase you must meet the following conditions:

You and your immediate employer preceding your induction must complete the Purchase of Intervening or Activated Military Service (PSRS-1305).  A copy of the school board minutes granting the military leave must accompany the application.  A copy of the DD-214 papers indicating that your discharge was other than undesirable, bad conduct, or dishonorable.    

2.      Nonintervening - To apply for this service credit, you must have at least 3 years of credited service with PSERS following the military service.   

You cannot be receiving, or be eligible to receive, any other pension using this service credit.  If, however, you are receiving a military pension based on a combination of reserve and active duty service, you may be eligible to purchase up to 5 years of the active military service.  

You may not purchase more years of military service credit than you have credited service with PSERS.  If you are a multiple service member and have service credit with both PSERS and the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS), you may use your service credit in both retirement systems to match the years of military service credit you are attempting to purchase.  You, however, are still limited to the 5-year maximum.  

You must complete the Purchase of Non-intervening Miltary Service (PSRS-28). A copy of your enlistment and discharge papers (DD-214) must be attached. The DD-214 paper must show both the date of entry into active service and the date of discharge from active service, and your discharge was other than undesirable, bad conduct, or dishonorable.    

3.      Activated – This military service is when you are called to active military duty on or after July 1, 1990.   It does not apply to a draft situation.  You have the choice to :

If you discontinue contributing to PSERS, you have one year after your return to Pennsylvania public school service from the military leave to apply to PSERS to purchase the service credit.   

You and your employer must complete the Purchase of Intervening or Activated Miltary Service (PSRS-1305). A copy of your DD-214 papers indicating that your discharge was other than undesirable, bad conduct, or dishonorable,    must accompany the application.