Military buyback and reservist time


Q. I have approximately four years and four months of active duty covered by DD-214s but 18 months of active-duty time as a reservist not covered by DD-214s. Those 18 months are for not my two-week annual tours but active-duty man days, special project tours and other active duty tours of one to 30 days. I have copies of my orders for these tours. Can this time be part of my military buyback, or just the active duty time covered by DD-214s?

A. To find out if that service is creditable, your agency will have to ask your branch of service for your specific dates of active-duty service. The instructions for doing that are in OPM’s Guide for Processing Personnel Actions.


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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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