Q. After serving 15 years of active duty with the Army I ETS’d to pursue a federal position (FERS) and continued my military career as a reservist. I’ve bought back the 15 years. I was involuntarily mobilized and attained enough active duty to retire under the sanctuary program. What happens to the 15 years that was already bought back as a reservist prior to retirement?
A. If you retired from the Reserve, that will have no effect on your FERS retirement. You’ll get full credit for the time for which you already made a deposit. If you want to get credit for the time when you were recalled to active duty, you’ll need to make a deposit for that period of service, too. In no case will that have any effect on your reserve retired pay. On the other hand, if you retired from active duty and are entitled to military retired pay, you’d have to waive that retired pay to get credit for any of the bought-back service.