Service computation date for retired reservist


Q. I’m an Air Force Reserve retiree (not yet 60) with just under six years of active-duty time. I joined civil service in October of 2011, and I’m trying to get my service computation date moved based on my active-duty time, but I’m hearing multiple answers. I’ve already started my buyback payments to cover the FERS post-56 money, and everything I’m finding says I should be eligible. What’s the correct answer, and can you point me to a few regs that I can provide to my personnel section to help resolve this question?

A. Go to, click on Complete VetGuide, then scroll down to Service Credit.


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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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