Military buyback


Q.  I served in the Air Force for six years active and have been a member of the Air National Guard since 2009.  I recently became employed by the federal government and plan to buy back that military time.  My question: Once I buy back my active time, can that specific time only be used once (for the fed retirement) or can it be applied to both my federal retirement and ANG retirement?  I’m wondering if once those six years of active are applied to my federal service, will they not be eligible towards my ANG time?

A.  Making a deposit to get credit for your active-duty time won’t have any affect on your ANG retirement. You’ll get credit for that time in both systems.


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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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