Q: I am employed in federal law enforcement. I have 10 years of active military service and finished my military career in the Air National Guard with a total of 24 years. I was told that if I bought back my active military time, I would sacrifice my military retirement. Is this correct?
A: No. If you make a deposit for your period of active-duty service, you won’t have to waive your reserve retired pay. Only those who retire from active duty and receive military retired pay have to do that.