Civilian time vs. military time


Q. I am a civilian federal employee under FERS with 14 years of credit. For various reasons, I am considering joining the military or reserve and leaving my civilian status. I see many references to military service counting toward subsequent civilian service, but I don’t find anything regarding the opposite. Will my civilian time transfer to the military or reserve? Where can I find more info on the best way to plan for this?

A. No, your civilian service won’t transfer to either your military reserve or active-duty service, and you can’t make a deposit to get credit for it.


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  1. You should really consider keeping your civilian position and join the Guard or Reserve, there are many benefits to doing so. You won’t get credit for civilian time in the Reserves, but can get some benefits of being in both.

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