Reserve duty and retirement


Q: I understand that active-duty time counts, but do weekend drills and the two-weeks-a-year tour also count toward retirement?

A: No, they don’t. You are already receiving credit for your two-week periods of active-duty training, which are treated for accounting purposes as if you were still on the job. Weekend drills are generally on your own time. If one were to fall on what would otherwise be a work day, it would be treated in the same way. Simply stated, you can’t get credit twice for the same period of time.


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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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