Q. I retired in 2003 with 30 years of active Army service. I have been drawing full military retirement pay since then. I am now a GS employee with seven years of federal service. Can I still buy back my military time and combine the two for a federal retirement?
A. Yes, you can make a deposit to get credit for your active-duty service. However, when you retire from your civilian job, you will be required to waive your military retired pay. If you don’t, your deposit will be refunded to you and your annuity will be based solely on your period of civilian employment.