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38-820. Credit for military service

A. A member of the plan may receive credited service for periods of active military service performed before employment with the member's current employer if:

1. The member was honorably separated from the military service.

2. The period of military service for which the member receives credited service does not exceed forty-eight months.

3. The period of military service for which the member receives credited service is not on account with any other retirement system, except as provided by 10 United States Code section 12736.

4. The member pays the cost to purchase the prior active military service. The cost is the amount necessary to equal the increase in the actuarial present value of projected benefits resulting from the additional credited service.

5. The amount of benefits purchased pursuant to this subsection is subject to limits established by section 415 of the internal revenue code.

B. An active member of the plan who volunteers or is ordered to perform military service may receive credited service for not more than sixty months of military service as provided by the uniformed services employment and reemployment rights act (38 United States Code part III, chapter 43). The member's employer shall make employer contributions and the member shall make the member contributions pursuant to subsection C of this section if the member meets the following requirements:

1. Was an active member of the plan on the day before the member began military service.

2. Entered into and served in the armed forces of the United States or is a member of the national guard.

3. Complies with the notice and return to work provisions of 38 United States Code section 4312.

C. Contributions made pursuant to subsection B of this section shall be for the period of time beginning on the date the member began military service and ending on the later of one of the following dates:

1. The date the member is separated from military service.

2. The date the member is released from service related hospitalization or two years after initiation of service related hospitalization, whichever date is earlier.

3. The date the member dies as a result of or during military service.

D. Notwithstanding any other law, on payment of the contributions made pursuant to subsection B of this section, the member shall be credited with service for retirement purposes for the period of military service of not more than sixty months. The member shall submit a copy of the military discharge certificate (DD-256A) and a copy of the military service record (DD-214) or its equivalent with the member's application when applying for credited service corresponding to the period of military service.

E. The employer and the member shall make contributions pursuant to subsection B of this section as follows:

1. Contributions shall be based on the compensation that the member would have received but for the period that the member was ordered into active military service.

2. If the employer cannot reasonably determine the member's rate of compensation for the period that the member was ordered into military service, contributions shall be based on the member's average rate of compensation during the twelve-month period immediately preceding the period of military service.

3. If a member has been employed less than twelve months before being ordered into military service, contributions shall be based on the member's compensation being earned immediately preceding the period of military service.

4. The member has up to three times the length of military service, not to exceed sixty months, to make the member contributions. Once the member has made the member contributions or on receipt of the member's death certificate, the employer shall make the employer contributions in a lump sum. Death benefits shall be calculated as prescribed by law.

5. If the member's employer pays military differential wage pay to members serving in the military, contributions shall be paid to the plan pursuant to section 38-810 for any military differential wage pay paid to the member while performing military service.

F. In computing the length of total credited service of a member for the purpose of determining retirement benefits or eligibility, the period of military service, as prescribed by this section, shall be included.

G. If a member performs military service due to a presidential call-up, not to exceed forty-eight months, the employer shall make the employer and member contributions computed pursuant to subsection E of this section on the member's return and in compliance with subsection B of this section.

H. In addition to, but not in duplication of, the provisions of subsection B of this section, beginning December 12, 1994 contributions, benefits and credited service provided pursuant to this section shall be provided pursuant to section 414(u) of the internal revenue code, and this section shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with that internal revenue code section.