• (a) Any member in Group 1 shall be eligible for early service retirement upon satisfying one (1) of the following:

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 8-36-301

      • Creditable service: means prior service plus membership service, as provided in part 6 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Member: means any person included in the membership of the retirement system, as provided in chapter 35, part 1 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Retirement: means withdrawal from membership with a retirement allowance granted under chapters 34-37 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Service: means service as a general employee, a teacher, a state police officer, a wildlife officer, a firefighter, a police officer, a state judge, a county judge, an attorney general, a commissioner or a county official which is paid for by an employer, and also includes service for which a former member of the general assembly is entitled to under former §§ 3-401 and 3-406. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101

      (1) Attainment of fifty-five (55) years of age with the applicable years of creditable service as set forth in § 8-36-204; or

    • (2) At any age less than fifty-five (55) years of age with twenty-five (25) years of creditable service; provided, that this provision shall be optional for political subdivisions participating under chapter 35 of this title.

  • (b) Any member in Group 2 shall be eligible for early retirement upon satisfying one (1) of the following:

    • (1) Attainment of fifty-five (55) years of age with ten (10) years of creditable service; or

    • (2) If the member is employed by a political subdivision which has not authorized unreduced service retirement benefits pursuant to § 8-36-201(b)(1)(B), at any age with thirty (30) years of creditable service.

  • (c) Any member in Group 3 shall be eligible for early service retirement upon attaining fifty-five (55) years of age with eight (8) years of service.