Pay Your Military Service Payment Online

The DFAS Military Service Deposit Payment Form is intended for use by federal civilian employees to make payments on their Military Service Deposit amount due.  This form cannot be utilized until after receipt of notification from the employee’s servicing payroll office indicating the amount due.  Specific information from the notification letter (database and employee ID) is required to complete the form.  Payment can be made online using checking and saving (ACH) account information, bank branded debit card, or PayPal (linked to checking and saving account only -ACH).  Additional instruction on how to process payments is available through the DFAS Military Service Deposit (MSD) Payment eTutorial on YouTube.


How Do I Buy Back My Military Time?

Who does this apply to?

Employees who have served in the military and wish to have their military time credited towards their civilian retirement.

Are you eligible?

If you have any prior active duty military service, you are eligible to buy back that time.

How to buy back your military time:

1.Complete a separate Estimated Earnings During Military Service request form RI 20-97 for each branch of service.

2.Attach your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD 214 (or equivalent), and any available records of pay or promotions to the RI 20-97 and send to the appropriate military finance center.  Verification of your service is required to obtain your estimated earnings. A list of documents that may be used to verify your service is on the Acceptable Documents page.

3.How long will it take to process my request for estimated earnings? If you have not received notice after 30 days, contact the appropriate military finance center.

4.The military finance center will send you an estimated military earnings computation via mail. When you receive it:  ◦If you are a FERS employee, fill out pages 1 and 5 of the SF 3108.  (Page 2 will be filled out by Human Resources Personnel).  (PDF - 68KB).

◦If you are a CSRS employee who was first employed in civilian service before 10-1-82. fill out pages 1 and 5 of the SF 2803. (Page 2 will be filled out by Human Resources Personnel). (PDF - 217KB).

◦If you are a CSRS employee first employed after 10-1-82, fill out pages 1 and 5 of the SF 2803.  (Page 2 will be filled out by Human Resources Personnel).  (PDF - 288KB).

5.Send your RI2097 (or estimated earnings statement), DD 214, and SF2803 or SF3108 to your servicing personnel office. If you are employed by DFAS, DISA, DCAA, DoDIG, DTIC, DAU, or NDU, your servicing personnel office is the DFAS HR Shared Services Center in Indianapolis.  Please mail to DFAS HR Shared Services Center, Benefits and Services Division, 8899 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis In 46249-6485.  Note:  completing and submitting these forms does not obligate you to buy back your time.

6.We will certify your application and forward it to your payroll office.

7.The payroll office will calculate the amount of your military deposit and inform you by letter the amount you owe and instructions for making payments.

8.Make your payments directly to your servicing payroll office, either by check/money order or through payroll deductions - as directed by your payroll office. The deposit may be made in a single lump sum or through installments. Your deposit account balance and each payment will be reflected on your LES.

9.When you have completed your payments, your servicing payroll office will send you a letter stating the deposit has been paid along with the equivalent of a completed OPM Form 1514 (PDF -205KB) which shows details of the computation.  You will receive a statement along with a copy of the payroll worksheet showing a zero balance due.

10.Forward a copy of the completed equivalent of the Paid In Full letter to your servicing personnel office for it to be placed in your official personnel file. If you are employed by DFAS, DISA, DCAA, DoDIG, DTIC, DAU, or NDU, your servicing personnel office is DFAS and please mail to DFAS Shared Services Center, Benefits Division, 8899 E. 56th St., Indianapolis, IN 46249-6485. The statement can also be faxed.  Fax number is 317-212-1162 Attn: Benefits Division.

Last Updated January 10, 2020