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How Do I…

Get Credit for Military Service?

NOTE: It is not necessary to purchase this service; the time only credit may be established without financial outlay.

If you have performed active service in a branch of the U.S. military, you may be eligible to establish this service credit.

Have you…

  • 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 you answered yes to these questions, and if you are not receiving or expect to receive a military pension, you are eligible to establish your military time toward your TMRS retirement.
  2. Apply for this credit by filling out the proper form.
  • Does your city offer Restricted Prior Service Credit (RPSC)?1 If yes, fill out the Application for Restricted Prior Service Credit (TMRS-35R) (pdf).

  • Application for Restricted Prior Service Credit (TMRS-35R)

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

  • Application for Military Service Credit Time Only (TMRS-34A)

    • Fill out the Member Information and Member Certification sections completely.
    • Your correct, full mailing address is important, and your signature in longhand is required.
    • The social security number must be legible and match that on file for you.
    • Have your employing city certify the bottom portion.
    • Submit a copy of your DD214 2 (indicating discharge status) with the form.
    • You must not have received credit for the same service in another statewide retirement system
    • Send or fax (not both) the form and DD214 to TMRS.
  • Sometimes, if eligible, members prefer to “purchase” their service credit to add money into their account. To be eligible, you 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 you wish to purchase service, fill out Application for Military Service Credit Purchase (TMRS-34) (pdf).

  • Application for Military Service Credit Purchase (TMRS-34)

    • Fill out the Member Information and Member Certification sections completely.
    • Your correct, full mailing address is important, and your signature in longhand is required.
    • The social security number must be legible and match that on file for you.
    • Have your employing city certify the bottom portion.
    • Submit a copy of DD214 2 (indicating discharge status) with the form.
    • You must not have received credit for the same service in another statewide retirement system.
    • Send the form, payment (personal check), and DD214 to TMRS.
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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