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  • The MSEP 2011 and Purchasing Military Service

    Jan 17, 2023, 9:51 AM By MOSERS

    Hello, I served in the active duty military and I am now in the Army Reserves. I heard that I can buy retirement time. Is this true? 

    MSEP 2011, which is set by state statute, does not allow for a purchase of prior active-duty miliary service credit. However, members of MSEP 2011 may be eligible for automatic credit for military service if they were employed by the state immediately prior to entering active-duty military service and then return to state employment within the timeframe specified by the USERRA. 

    This is based on state law. Any changes must be passed by the Missouri General Assembly. We are not aware of any such proposals being filed so far this session, however, you can track proposed legislation on our Legislation page and view the 2023 MOSERS Legislative Tracking Sheet for more information. 

    If you have additional questions, please refer to our Purchasing and Transferring Service Guide for MSEP 2011 Members or contact a MOSERS benefit counselor for more information.

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  • Purchasing Military Service

    Jun 22, 2022, 9:08 AM By MOSERS
    Is purchasing military service still an option? I can't seem to find that information on the website. Thank you

    As a member of MSEP or MSEP 2000, you may purchase up to four years of active-duty military service credit for service performed prior to last becoming a member of MOSERS. This may include active-duty military training. This information is included in our Purchasing and Transferring Service Guide for MSEP (Closed Plan) Members or Purchasing and Transferring Service Guide for MSEP 2000 Members materials. Purchase of prior military service is not available to members of MSEP 2011 or the Judicial Plan 2011.

    Contact a MOSERS benefit counselor to get additional information and to request an Application to Purchase Active-Duty Military Service. Once you complete the application, MOSERS will provide you with an estimate of the cost to purchase service and how doing so will affect future benefit payment amounts.

    You must complete any purchase of military service prior to applying for retirement. If you have money in your MO Deferred Comp account, as a member of MSEP or MSEP 2000, you can use those funds to purchase prior military service (exception: Roth 457 assets cannot be used to purchase service credit). If you have questions about accessing your funds, contact MO Deferred Comp.

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  • Purchasing Military Service

    May 17, 2021, 2:26 PM By MOSERS
    I would like to buy military time and I would like the forms can you help me. Thank you

    As a member of MSEP or MSEP 2000, you may purchase up to four years of active-duty military service credit for service performed prior to last becoming a member of MOSERS. This may include active-duty military training. If you are eligible, please submit the Application to Purchase Active-Duty Military Service. View our Purchasing and Transferring Service Guide for MSEP (Closed Plan) Members or Purchasing and Transferring Service Guide for MSEP 2000 Members for more information. Any purchase of service must be completed prior to when you apply for retirement.

    If you have money in your MO Deferred Comp account, as a member of MSEP or MSEP 2000, you can use those funds to purchase prior military service (exception: Roth 457 assets cannot be used to purchase service credit). If you have additional questions about purchasing service,  contact a MOSERS benefit counselor. If you have questions about accessing your funds, contact MO Deferred Comp.

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