Date: February 11, 2014

Bulletin Number: 1299



New Procedure to Receive Service Credit for Members of the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) who have been Honorably Discharged or Released from Military Service


To inform State agencies of the new procedure that must be communicated to certain employees to ensure the proper crediting of their military service towards service credit in NYSLRS.


Pursuant to Federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Article 20 of the Retirement and Social Security Law, and sections 242 and 243 of the New York State Military Law, employees may be entitled to service credit in NYSLRS for periods of military service

Affected Employees

Any employee, who was federally ordered, ordered by the Governor of the State of New York or, in certain circumstances, volunteered for active military service and has since been honorably discharged or released from military service.

Effective Date(s)


Agency Actions

Agencies must inform employees who return to work from active military service  that in order to ensure full NYSLRS service credit for their military service, the employee must forward a copy of their discharge papers to:



NYS Retirement System Military Unit
110 State Street
Albany, NY 12244-0001


For more information regarding military service credit, agencies or employees may contact the NYSLRS Call Center at 1-866-805-0990 or 518-474-7736 in the Albany, New York area.