Buying back military time


Q. I am a federal employee and a Marine Corps veteran. I am considering buying back my 3.5 years of active-duty service. However, I am also considering going into the Marine Reserve. Should I buy back my active-duty time toward my civil service retirement if I am going into the Reserve? Or would I lose the points for retirement in the Reserve?

A. Making a deposit to get credit for your active-duty service would have no effect on your reserve points


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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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