National Guard service and military time


Q. I joined the Illinois National Guard on Dec. 23, 1981. I served boot camp time only from May 10, 1982, to June 25, 1982. I started getting blisters under my feet due to the boots and received a medical honorable discharge July 23, 1982. I have seven months of time.

Can the seven months be applied as military time for retirement?

A. No.


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  1. Just curious, I bought my military time and retired from the U.S.P.S. I currently work for the State of Ohio and am getting ready to collect a reduced pension from STRS. Is the pension money collected while I spent a year in the Ohio ANG state or federal money? Thanks

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