Q: I served in the Marine Corps on active duty from January 1968 to October 1969 and received my statement of earnings after requesting a statement from the Marine Corps Finance Center. I was also activated while in the Marine Corps Reserve from December 1990 to September 1991 in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm as a Marine reservist. I sent the Marine Corps Finance Center both of my DD214s for both active-duty tours but it only sent me one statement of earnings for the initial active duty and did not get one for the active duty performed as a reservist. Do I need to buy back by nine months while activated because I was away for nine months from my federal job as a customs inspector? I hope I am not losing these nine months of my retirement. Do you suggest that I should also buy these nine months back to be credited toward my retirement and request the Marine Corps Finance Center to send me an earnings statement?
A: You can only make a deposit for periods of active-duty service that qualify for retirement purposes. The proof of that will have to come from your branch of service. Until you have either a DD 214 or its equivalent for those nine months, you won’t be able to make a deposit for that time.