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.
You are on your own when it comes to finding a job that would match your capabilities. I suggest you start by going to http://www.usajobs.gov.