TR-0042 (Rev. 6/12) RDA-413
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CREDIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE IN THE TCRS
You may claim retirement credit for active duty military service by completing this form and returning it to this ofﬁ ce
along with a copy of your DD214 form or other ofﬁ cial documents certifying your date of entry and date of release from
You may establish up to four years retirement credit by meeting certain terms and conditions for military service.
Retirement credit will be granted as long as the military service is not creditable in any other retirement system (including
the Military Retirement System) and you received an honorable discharge. Military service credit may not be used in
determining any rights in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System prior to a member becoming vested.
The following periods of armed conﬂ ict service may be established, without cost, by the member:
World War I: April 7, 1917 to November 11, 1918
World War II: December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
Korean War: June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era: February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
Persian Gulf: August 2, 1990 - present (if employment is interrupted)
Any other creditable period must be purchased by the member.
Current law, as of July 1, 1997, allows establishment of retirement credit for military service under any of the following
1. Interrupted Military Service by any Member - Any member whose military service interrupted state employment,
teaching service or employment with a political subdivision participating in the TCRS may establish retirement
credit for service in the Armed Forces of the United States if the member returned to such employment within six (6)
months after discharge. Interrupted military may occur any time after the end of the Vietnam Era and the member
must make the appropriate retirement contributions in order to establish the credit.
2. Armed Conﬂ ict Service
A. State employees, teachers, and higher education employees may establish credit for military service rendered
during a period of armed conﬂ ict.
B. Employees of a participating local government may establish credit for military service rendered during a period
of armed conﬂ ict if the local government has passed a resolution authorizing such service.
3. Peacetime Military Service - Peacetime Military Service (October 15, 1940 through February 28, 1961) may be
established on a basis of day for day credit for the ﬁ rst year of active duty and at one-half credit beyond the ﬁ rst
A. State employees, teachers and higher education employees may establish credit for peacetime military service
rendered between October 15, 1940 and February 28, 1961 by making a lump-sum payment. The lump-sum
payment is calculated as follows: current monthly salary times ten and one-half percent (10.5%) times months
of service credit being established for the ﬁ rst year and current monthly salary times nine percent (9%) times
months of service credit being established beyond the ﬁ rst year.
B. Employees of a participating local government may establish credit if the local government has passed a
resolution authorizing such service credit.
When we receive the completed form and necessary documents, we will review the information and notify
you of the creditability of your service and any cost involved. If you have any questions concerning military
retirement credit, please call Member Services at (615) 741-4868.