By Reg Jones
March 28th, 2014 | Military service deposits
Q. I served five years and 11 months in U.S. Navy between 1992-1997 and was recently hired to work for the VA. Would my active duty time be applied towards my retirement, or do I need to “buy back” that time?
A. You won’t get any retirement credit for your active duty service unless you make a deposit for it. And the sooner you do that, the better. If you complete the deposit in fewer than three years, you won’t be charged any interest.