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Help A Member Get Credit for Military Service?


Members who performed active service in a branch of the U.S. military may be eligible to establish this service credit.

Has the member ...

  • Served in active military duty (not reserves)?
  • Worked for 5 years for a city that has adopted military service credit?
  • Been discharged under conditions that are not dishonorable?
  1. If the member can answer yes to these questions, and if they are not receiving or expect to receive a military pension, they are eligible to establish their military time toward their TMRS retirement.
  2. To get this credit, give the member the proper form.
  • Does your city offer Restricted Prior Service Credit (RPSC) (See 1)? If yes, have member fill out the Application for Restricted Prior Service Credit (TMRS-35R).

    Application for Restricted Prior Service Credit (TMRS-35R)
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    • Have member fill out the Member Information and Member Certification sections completely.
    • Correct, full mailing address is important, and member’s signature in longhand is required.
    • The social security number must be legible and match that on file.
    • Have the former employer certify the middle portion of the form. For establishing military service, attach a copy of the member’s DD214(indicating discharge status) (See 2).
    • Certify the bottom portion of the form.
    • Member must not have received credit for the same service in another statewide retirement system.
    • Send (or instruct member to send) or fax the form and DD214 to TMRS.
  • If your city doesn’t offer this RPSC, have member fill out the Application for Military Service Credit Time Only (TMRS-34A).

    Application for Military Service Credit Time Only (TMRS-34A)
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    • Have member fill out the Member Information and Member Certification sections completely.
    • Correct, full mailing address is important, and member’s signature in longhand is required.
    • The social security number must be legible and match that on file.
    • Certify the bottom portion of the form.
    • Get member to submit a copy of DD214 (indicating discharge status) (see 2) with the form.
    • Member must not have received credit for the same service in another statewide retirement system
    • Send (or instruct member to send) or fax the form and DD214 to TMRS.
  • Sometimes, if eligible, members prefer to “purchase” their service credit to add more money into their account. To be eligible, they must have been contributing to TMRS on 12-31-03. The cost to buy military service is $15 per month for a maximum of 60 months. If they wish to purchase service, have them fill out the Application for Military Service Credit Purchase (TMRS-34)

    Application for Military Service Credit Purchase (TMRS-34)
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    • Have member fill out the Member Information and Member Certification sections completely.
    • Correct, full mailing address is important, and member’s signature in longhand is required.
    • The social security number must be legible and match that on file.
    • Certify the bottom portion of the form.
    • Instruct member to submit a copy of DD214 (indicating discharge status) (see 2) with the form.
    • Member must not have received credit for the same service in another statewide retirement system.
    • There is no limit on Restricted Prior Service granted but Military Service Credit has a limit of 60 months.
    • Instruct member to send the form, payment (personal check), and DD214 to TMRS.

What Happens Next?

  • After we receive the appropriate form and DD214, we verify the information is correct. Military dates on TMRS forms and the DD214 MUST MATCH.
  • We verify the member’s discharge is “other” than dishonorable.
  • We update the member’s account to add the military service credit. This will change his/her total credited service. If they have made a military service purchase, their account balance will increase.
  • We send member a letter confirming the credit (for both time-only and purchase situations).
NOTE: It is not necessary to purchase this service; the time only may be established without financial outlay.
1
Restricted Prior Service is time credit for previous full-time, paid, public work anywhere in the U.S. (including military service). It may also be used for reinstating forfeited time from another TMRS city or participating Texas retirement system. Restricted Prior Service Credit has NO monetary value and is an optional provision that may be adopted by your city. There is no limit on Restricted Prior Service granted but Military Service Credit has a limit of 60 months. For more information, see “How Do I … Establish Credit for Prior Service?”
2
If your military discharge verification (DD214) has been lost, you may request a duplicate by writing to the:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Service Personnel Records
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132
Attn: Branch of Military (i.e., Army, Navy, etc.)

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