Q. I have spent over seven years on active duty in the military. I currently have 10 years in the reserves. I’m looking at working at the Veterans Administration. I can buy back my active-duty time and have seven years toward retirement at the VA. But what about my reserve time? If I stay in the reserves, do I still get a retirement at the age of 59? If I buy back my seven years, does that count against my years in the reserves for retirement?
A. Making a deposit for your seven years of active-duty service won’t have any effect on your entitlement to a reserve retirement. You would get credit for those years in both systems.