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Frequently Asked Questions Retirement

When should I begin planning for retirement?

The five year period before retirement is important because you must have insurance coverage for five years immediately before retirement to keep it after retirement.

You may also need some preliminary information to make decisions about when you can afford to retire and whether to make any necessary payments to receive credit for military or non-contributory service or repay any retirement contribution refunds.

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