National Guard and Army Reserve


Q. I have served in the Army Reserve and National Guard for seven years on weekends.  Once a year, two complete weeks.  The first year I had six consecutive months in training.  When added up, it’s about a full year.  Can this time be counted as a year toward my retirement time?

A. The six months when you were on active duty is potentially creditable. Weekend drills are never creditable, nor are two-week periods of active-duty training if they were with the National Guard. They would only be potentially creditable if they occurred before you were employed by the federal government. Your personnel office can help you determine which service is creditable and whether a deposit would be required.


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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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