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Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: “I am a federal firefighter under the FERS special retirement system (6C). I’m currently 47 years old and will have completed 20 years under 6C later this year. My question is, if I change jobs to a non-6C-covered position after completing 20 years under 6C, will I still be able to retire at age 50 without any penalties, and will I still be eligible for the annuity supplement at that time?”

Answer: If you leave your federal firefighter 6C occupation before you are age 50 (at which time you could retire as a federal firefighter) and take a non-6C job in federal service, then you will not be able to retire at age 50. You will therefore not be eligible for the FERS annuity and the FERS annuity supplement at that time.”

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