Q. I have 15 years of active duty military service and no reserve service. I have been selected for a job with the State Department with a GS paygrade. I plan on buying back my active duty military time.
My question is this: If I decide at a later date to go into the reserves, can I still use my 15 years of active duty toward a reserve retirement or is it no longer usable once I buy it back for my federal civilian retirement?
A. Making a deposit for your active duty service would have no affect on your entitlement to have that service credited toward a retirement from the reserves.