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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.


  1. You would have needed some years of active duty in order for the time to have counted. However, if you want to know a secret pertaining to the time considered “lost”, contact at the info below.

  2. Your initial basic training and occupational school should count. That is active duty. Check with HR and bring your dd214 along. You may be getting false advice here.

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