Purchasing Military Service for Civil Service Pensions - PERS

Military Service Before Enrollment - Members of Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) may purchase up to 10 years of active duty military service rendered prior to enrollment provided the member is not receiving or eligible to receive a military pension or a pension from any other state or local source for such military service.

The statute specifically provides that the employer shall not be liable for any portion of the cost to purchase. The member is responsible for the full cost of the purchase.

Partial purchase is permitted.

Military Service After Enrollment - Members may purchase military service rendered after August 1, 1974 if:

~ you were a member of a New Jersey Stateadministered retirement system when you entered
the peacetime military service, and ~ you return to employment within the time periods prescribed by federal law in a position covered by a New Jersey State-administered retirement system when you are discharged from or otherwise end your military service, and
~ you return to employment within the time periods prescribed by federal law in a position covered by a New Jersey State-administered retirement system when you are discharged from or otherwise end your military service, and
~ within one year following the date of return to employment or the date initial pension contributions are certified to begin, you apply for or inquire in writing about the purchase.

To Apply Contact -
A member may obtain a quotation of the cost of purchasing additional service credit by submitting a written request to: Supervisor of Purchases, Division of Pensions and Benefits, PO Box 295, Trenton, NJ 08625-0295 or by calling 609-292-7524.

It is the member's responsibility to obtain certification of the employment from the former employer for the service credit being purchased if it is not on file with the Division of Pensions and Benefits. No quotations of cost will be calculated until verification of employment is received by the Division of Pensions and Benefits.