Retirement credit for active-duty and reserve service


Q. I have spent over seven years on active duty in the military. I currently have 10 years in the reserves. I’m looking at working at the Veterans Administration. I can buy back my active-duty time and have seven years toward retirement at the VA. But what about my reserve time? If I stay in the reserves, do I still get a retirement at the age of 59? If I buy back my seven years, does that count against my years in the reserves for retirement?

A. Making a deposit for your seven years of active-duty service won’t have any effect on your entitlement to a reserve retirement. You would get credit for those years in both systems.


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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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