Military retirement


Q. What is the minimum time in grade for an Army Reserve officer to retire at the current rank at mandatory removal date? Does a retired Army Reserve officer receive both their Army Reserve retirement pay and Defense Department civilian retirement pay?

A. Your first question falls outside the boundaries of this forum. You’ll have to check with your branch of service. As to your second question, if you receive reserve retired pay, you may receive both it and your civilian annuity, which would be based solely on your actual civilian service. You could, if you chose, make a deposit to the civilian retirement system for any period(s) of active-duty service and get credit for that time in determining your years of civilian service and have it used in your annuity computation. Doing so would have no effect on your military retired pay.


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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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