Active duty for training


Q: I am a 54-year-old federal employee with 32 years of service. I am under CSRS. I was an Air Force Reservist from April 1975 to June 1986. I know my weekend drills and summer camps are not eligible to be bought back. I was wondering if my initial six months of active duty for basic training and technical school is eligible. This would have been before my civil service start date of October 1978.

A: As far as I can determine, active duty for basic training in the Air Force reserve is not considered to be creditable service.


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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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