Counting military time toward retirement


Q. If I chose to serve my country in another capacity, would my active-duty military time count toward my retirement? I have a master’s degree, an IT background and a top secret clearance. I believe I could make a positive impact and would welcome a return to service. What programs would be available to someone like me?

A. Your active-duty service would count toward setting your annual leave accrual rate, but wouldn’t go toward determining your length of service, nor would it be used in your annuity calculation — unless you made a deposit to the retirement system. That deposit would equal 3 percent of your basic military pay, not including allowances of differentials. No interest would be charged if you paid the entire deposit within two years.
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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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