Reserve time and military buyback


Q. If an employee didn’t receive DD-214s for reserve duty, how does he get reserve time calculated to buy it back?

A. Reserve duty isn’t creditable service for retirement purposes, so an employee can’t buy it back. He can only get credit for active-duty service, which is normally documented on one or more DD-214s.


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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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