Q: I have completed three periods of military active duty. Each period was separated by years from the other two. I made a military deposit for two of the three periods. One source told me that this was not permissible; that if I didn’t buy back all periods, I would get a check back after retirement for the 2 I bought back, and would receive no military credit. Another employee told me that this was nonsense, and that it was my choice to buy back two of the three periods, and that I would get credit for the military time served during those two periods.
A: The employee who told you it’s nonsense was correct. You are free to decide the period or periods of active-duty service for which you want to make a deposit. You will get credit for the two periods for which you have already made a deposit and none for the other.