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Qualified Military Service - Attention TRS Tier 1 Members
Time Sensitive Legislative Amendment

Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) members employed in a position eligible to participate in retirement with a participating public employer before July 1, 2015 (Tier 1) are eligible to receive or purchase prior military retirement service credit for time served in the Armed Forces of the United States. TRS Tier 1 members who were honorably discharged from active duty for any period of national emergency within which a federal Selective Service Act (Draft) was in effect shall be granted prior military service credit at no cost to the member and this prior military service credit shall not exceed ten years or twenty-five percent of a member's total service at the time of retirement.

A time sensitive legislative amendment made through Senate Bill 529 passed during the 2015 Legislative Session now allows TRS Tier 1 members not eligible to be granted prior military service credit during the "Draft" period to purchase up to sixty months (5 years) of military service credit for time served in active duty if they meet all of the following conditions:

1) The member actively contributes to TRS for a complete fiscal year after July 1, 2015;

2) The active duty military service occurred prior to first becoming an employee of a TRS employer; and

3) TRS Tier 1 member pays to TRS the actuarial reserve purchase amount in full by July 1, 2019 while actively employed.

Members must have been honorably discharged for the period of active military duty being purchased. The purchased military service credit shall not be considered as contributory service and cannot be used to meet retirement eligibility.

TRS Tier 1 members who work a complete fiscal year in 2015-2016 must notify TRS in writing no later than June 30, 2016 of their request to receive a cost calculation to purchase military service credit. The form to request a cost calculation may be retrieved here on the CPRB website. Please include a copy of your DD-214 or other discharge documents with your request for a cost form. TRS will calculate the actuarial reserve purchase amount and send notification to the member after a full fiscal year of retirement contributions are completed. Members may purchase all or part of the maximum amount of military service credit he or she is eligible for in one-month increments. Please refer to WV Code ยง18-7A-17a for complete details.

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