Q. I am currently a federal employee and also a traditional Guardsman (one weekend a month and two weeks a year). I served 13 years on active duty Army. I am at around 16 years total military service right now as well. If I were to buy back my 13 years of active time, would those years still count toward my military retirement? How would it affect my military retirement? Just pay?
A. Yes, you can make a deposit to get credit for your active duty service and have it used in the computation of your civilian annuity. That would have no affect on any reserve pay you may be entitled to. However, if you were entitled to military retired pay, you’d not only have to make a deposit for your active duty service, but also waive your military retired pay when you retire from your civilian job.