Q. I served four years on Air Force active duty. I was hired for a federal civilian position and have been working for four years. I’m not sure if I’m going to stick it out for another 20 or 30. During my civilian employment, I bought back my military time. However, now I’m considering joining the reserve.
Will my active-duty service time buyback affect my reserve retirement down the road? Will those four years of active-duty service count toward a reserve retirement?
A. Making a deposit to get credit civilian for your active-duty service won’t have any effect on your reserve retirement. You will still get full credit for that time when you retire from the reserve.