Title 47, Chapter 1, Section 11
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) "Creditable service" means any period of time which may be
used as a factor in the computation of any benefit under a public
(2) "Military service" means service in the armed forces of the
United States or in a reserve component of the armed forces of the
United States, including the National Guard.
(3) "Public employee" means elected and appointed officials and
employees of the state or any branch, department, board, bureau,
commission, authority, or other agency of the state and elected
and appointed officials and employees of any political subdivision
of the state or of any authority or other agency of any such
(4) "Public retirement system" means any retirement or pension
system now or hereafter created by or pursuant to the authority of
Georgia law or the Constitution of Georgia which has public
employees as members of the retirement or pension system.
(5) "Source of authority" means the law, resolution, or ordinance
which creates or provides for a public retirement system.
(b) Only military service for which a person was discharged or
separated under honorable conditions shall be eligible to be counted
as military service for the purpose of obtaining creditable service
under any public retirement system, whether presently existing or
hereafter created, when the source of authority for such public
retirement system authorizes military service to be used as a basis
to obtain creditable service under such public retirement system.
(c) The provisions of this Code section are a limitation on the use
of military service as creditable service under any public
retirement system and shall not be construed to create a right to
obtain creditable service for military service under any public
retirement system when such right does not exist independently of
this Code section.