Q. I am currently a 6c AIA who is getting ready to start Title 10 contingency orders stateside. I realize that Title 10 orders for a contingency are not a factor for five years of military leave, but how will this affect my retirement? Will I still be able to retire at the minimum 20 years, and will I have to make contributions to the FERS retirement? (I realize I will have to buy back the military years for a higher retirement percentage.)
A. If you are called to active duty and on completion of that assignment return to a covered position, that time will be credited as covered service, allowing you to retire when you have 20 years. However, as you noted, you’ll have to first make a deposit to get credit for that time.