FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) About Military Service
If you are called to active military duty while a Member of the Pension System, you have certain rights. Through federal law (the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployments Rights Act-USERRA) and the Combined Plan Document, you have the right to purchase pension service for the period of your military service when you return to your job.
Read below for answers to basic questions regarding how military service affects your pension benefits. Police Officers and Firefighters should call your Department resources for information other than pension benefits.
If I am called to active military duty…
Q: What military service is covered?
A: If your separation from active military service is honorable, any service with the following groups:
•U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, including the reserve units
•Army National Guard and Air National Guard
•The commissioned corps of the Public Health Service
•Any other category of persons designated by the President in time of war or national emergency
Q: How long can I stay in the military and still receive pension service from the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System?
A: Generally, you may purchase pension service for up to four years of military service (five years, if the fifth year is at the request and convenience of the government) for all periods of military leave during your lifetime.
Q: What if I become disabled while on military duty?
A: If you cannot return to work because of your disability, your pension benefits will the same as if you left employment with your department at the time you were called to active military duty. You will have a vested benefit if you are not old enough for a service retirement.
If you return to your job at the department and a disability develops from something that happened while you were in the military, the type of disability pension (on-duty or off-duty) will be determined by the circumstances of the injury or disability, and the affects of on-duty work on the disability, with the final determination made by the Board of Trustees.
Q: What if I die while on military duty?
A: In the event of your death, your pension plan survivor benefits will be calculated as if you left employment with the department at the time you were called to active military duty.
Q: What if I come back? Will my job be waiting for me?
A: Your department will assist you with nonpension information. Please refer to the memo you were sent from the City of Dallas entitled "Employees Called to Active Military Duty." For more information, contact the Human Resources representative from your department.
Q: What will it cost to buy pension service for the period of my military leave?
A: You will pay your member contribution of 8.5% of your calculated pay that you would have been paid if you had remained in service with your department.
Q: How do I pay for my benefits for the time I served in the military?
A: Immediately upon return to employment as a police officer or firefighter, apply in writing to the System for a calculation of the amount required to establish pension credit for your Uniformed Service Leave. Send your requests to: