Q. I am a FERS employee with nine years’ active duty time. I retired from the National Guard with 20 years but do not receive any annuity. I know I am supposed to buy back my active-duty time to receive credit toward my civil service retirement, but if I do this, will it affect my National Guard retirement? I am wondering if my active-duty time can be counted twice — once toward my National Guard retirement and once toward my civil service retirement.
A. Yes, it can be counted twice. Making a deposit to get credit for your active duty-service won’t affect your National Guard retirement benefits.