Military time and creditable service


Q. I was in the Army for eight years. After I got out, I spent 15 years in the National Guard. I got a job with the Postal Service. Now that I am 60, I applied for retirement with the Guard and they used the eight years for my retirement. I bought the eight years back when I joined the Postal Service. Can I use the eight years for the Postal Service retirement also?

A. No.


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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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