Minimum payment on military buyback


Q. I have six years and nine months of active-duty time, as well as three years of reserve time. I also have 4½ years of federal time. Is there a minimum amount I have to pay to buy back my time from active duty? I was active from 1990 to 1997.

A. Once you have found out how much you owe, your payroll office can work out a payment plan that meets your ability to pay.


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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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