Performing your military duty shouldn’t force you to put off your retirement plans. In fact, you may be able to have your military service time counted toward your retirement eligibility.
If You Are Called to Active Duty While Employed
As a member of the Reserves or National Guard, you may be called away from your job to serve on active duty.
When heading to a domestic base or deploying overseas, you need to update your account to reflect your new address. To change your address, sign in on this website or call Member Services at 800-823-7782.
When you return to work, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) gives you a chance to fully restore your retirement account with credit for service time and the chance to make up for missed deposits.
To learn about establishing service time under USERRA, see Active Reserves & National Guard.
If You Have Past Service
With past active military service, you can get service time for up to 60 months of military service if:
- Your discharge was under honorable conditions.
- You have not applied for military service time in another Texas public retirement system.
- You are vested with your employer (based on TCDRS service).
To check your vested status, simply sign in to your account.
If eligible, you will get a month of service time for each month of active-duty military service. Simply fill out a Military Service Time Application (TCDRS-92) and return it to TCDRS along with a copy of your DD-214 or other discharge documents.
To learn more about military service time, see Military Service Time.
Other Resources for Veterans
Texas Veterans Portal
This website provides information about resources and services the State of Texas offers to veterans, their families and their survivors. This is provided for informational purposes only.