Reserve retirement and civil service


Q. I retired from the Air Force Reserve with 20 years. I am a civil service employee with nine years of service, but four years of that service are from active-duty military service that I bought and paid in full. I will be eligible for military reserve retirement at 60. When I decide to retire at 63, will I be eligible to receive my civil service retirement and keep my military reserve retirement, or can I receive both?

A. Because you will be receiving reserve retire pay, you can receive both benefits. If you were receiving military retired pay, you’d have to waive that when you retired.


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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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