Active duty buyback


Q: I would like to buyback my years of active duty time to increase my FERS retirement. I am a part-time VA employee. VA has provided me an estimate of my annuity based on my years of VA service, adjusted for the part-time nature of my service. How are my years of active duty calculated in the part-time scenario? Does the VA apply a full-time status for the years of buyback and adjust the percentage of part-time service? Or are the additional years just added as if they were also part time? I have not found any discussions that address the part-time factor.

A: You will be given a day’s credit for each day of active-duty service from the day you entered on duty in the armed forces until the day you separated. Once you have completed the deposit, that period of service will be treated as if you were a full-time employee.


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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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