How are benefits for CSRS “special group” employees calculated?
Law enforcement officers and firefighters may voluntarily retire at age 50 or over with at least 20 years of such service, and generally are subject to mandatory retirement at age 57.

The annuity is: 2.5 percent of the high-3 average pay and multiplying the result by 20 years of law enforcement and/or firefighter service, plus 2 percent of the high-3 average pay multiplied by all service over 20 years (including credit for sick leave). There is no annuity reduction for retiring under age 55.

Air traffic controllers are entitled to optional retirement at age 50 with 20 years as an ATC or any age with 25 years as ATC and generally are subject to mandatory retirement at age 56. An ATC retiring under this provision is guaranteed an annuity of no less than 50 percent of his or her high-3 average pay. There is no annuity reduction for retiring under age 55.

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