Q. I would like to buy back my Reserve time to include my two-week annual tour active duty days. I understand that I wouldn’t get credit if I was working for the federal government and they were giving me 15 days of military leave per year to do my annual tour, but at the time I was working for a private company who did not pay me for my Reserve annual tour active duty days. I was not “double dipping” from the federal government. Can I buy that annual tour active duty time, completed while working in the private sector, now that I recently started working for the federal government?
A. Yes, you can make a deposit to get credit for any periods when you were called to active duty that occurred before you became a federal employee. On the other hand, credit is never given for weekend drills.