National Guard and federal retirement


Q: I served eight years on active duty in the Army and then went into the National Guard. While in the National Guard, I began working for the federal government. I bought back the eight years of service in the Army and plan to draw a federal pension as well as a National Guard retirement. Will either retirement offset the other?

A: No, there wouldn’t be any reduction. You’d get the full amount of each retirement benefit.


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  1. I’m in a quite similar situation, as I spent 8.5 years in active duty, and retired National Gaurd, I am at the Veterans Health Administration under FERS now, and thought “buying” my time would cause me to forfeit my National Gaurd retirement. Thanks so much for the question and answer. I’ll inquire at HR about buying back my time now.


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