Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Military buyback and re-enlisting

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Q. I have 13 years in the Air Force, all of which were on Active Duty. I separated honorably and bought back my time and now work for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (FERS). I currently have 27 years of creditable service. If I were to re-enlist into the Air Force Reserves, would I be able to collect my military retirement after a 7-year enlistment completing 20 years of total military service, even though I bought back my 13 years of active duty time?A. Making a deposit to get credit for your active duty service would have no affect on any reserve retired benefit you are entitled to now or in the future.

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