Two retirements


Q. I’m interested in getting this answer before I sign any reserve papers. I served in the Navy for 9 1/2 years. I now work for Homeland Security and want to buy back my time served; I’m also interested in finishing my Navy time as a reservist. Can I buy back my active-duty time, put it toward my federal job, and finish my 11 years as a Navy reservist — ending up with two retirements?

A. Yes.


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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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