Completing buyback deposit


Q: I have already started to pay back my military time with $75 per pay period, but I was under the impression that my leave service computation date would increase before the total buyback was paid in full. Example, I am buying back 12 years of active duty, and currently have 8 years of civil service. Shouldn’t I go from six hours per pay period to eight hours per pay period, or do I have to pay my buyback in full before this change in LCD will take place?

A: You won’t get any credit for your active-duty service until you have completed the deposit.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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