Buying back Guard time


Q. I am in the process of “buying back” my active-duty Army time, but I also have a couple of years in the active Air National Guard. Can I buy that time also? If so, what is the contact info?

A. Service performed in the National Guard has never been considered military service unless the individual was called or drafted into the actual service of the United States. If your active-duty service in the National Guard was recorded on a DD 214, that should be sufficient proof that the time you were on active duty is deemed to be federal service. If it wasn’t, your agency must contact the State Adjutant General’s Office of the state where you served to verify whether your service was performed under a “call” by the president or under the authority of section 233(d) of the Armed Forces Reserve Act of 1952 or under Tile 10 of the U.S. Code.


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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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