Posted on Sep 5, 2019
SPC Onel Cruz
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Prior service Marine now in the Army thinking of sticking this out till the end. Just wondering if I have to start over from scratch and do a whole 20 years in that branch for retirement or if my active duty years in the Corps count towards that.
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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You will not lose any AD time.
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SPC Onel Cruz
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I was a Combat Engineer in the Corps now I’m an IT Specialist in the Army Reserve MAJ (Join to see)
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CPT Lawrence Cable
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SPC Onel Cruz - You also get credit for any active duty time as a Reserve, including Initial Entry, AT's and any schools that you attended. No credit for weekends. To confuse you even worse, all your Reserve points count for time in service for pay at retirement.
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SPC Onel Cruz
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Thank you sir! CPT Lawrence Cable
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1SG Electrical Systems Planner Scheduler   Water/Wastewater Utility
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I was Navy for 8 years active, out for 20 years, then Army Reserve for 10 more years. Your active duty time will count as points and years. Points for retirement pay, years for retirement eligibility. I recommend getting an RPAS statement from your unit which will show all your years and points assigned. I found out 3 years into the Army that 4 of my 8 active years were never input. DD214 fixed that. Get all the points you can get, classes count too. In the end its pay for points, total points divided by 360 to get years. For you it will prob be your highest three years. One thing to remember, once you pass 15 qualified years you can retire if you are medically unable to serve for any reason, duty related or non-duty related. I doubt anyone will tell you that. You wont get paid anything until you turn 60 (minus 90 day periods of deployments after sometime in 2008). I was forced into retired reserve two years ago at 56, now I am one year from getting paid due to deployments. All in all its a good deal to finish your service. I ended up pretty busted up, 100% VA, almost the same retirement pay % of my highest pay as a 20 year AD guy. All because I decided to finish my 20 years (even though it turned out to be 18). Best decision ever, but there were moments in Iraq that I might have not said that...
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SGT Javier Silva
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All active duty years count.

So, if you did six years in the Corps, you would do 14 years in the Army to complete the 20-years.
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SGT Javier Silva
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SPC Onel Cruz - IADT is part of your Reserve time, it is not considered as a separate thing. Look at the number of points you have.
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1SG Electrical Systems Planner Scheduler   Water/Wastewater Utility
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The problem with things like IADT and deployments/Activation etc... are yes, they count, but they count as 1 day for a day on active duty. When in a drill status its 2 days for each day on drill. drill days are listed as MUTAs (multiple unit training assemblies) which are 2 per day of drill. so, in a two day weekend drill you get 4 days= 4 points for retirement. Granted, a year long deployment is a nice chunk of points. You need 50 points in a training year for it to count for retirement as a"good year". you get 15 points each year for just being in the reserves...normally you will have one 2 week annual training (which is AD so its one day for one point), so say its 14 days, now you are at 29 points already with no drill days. 2 days a month for 10 months (annual training is one of those 12 months), one month off training (usually after annual training also usually in summer as your kids are out of school, etc...) that's 40 more points added to your 29, puts you at 69, a good year! best advice is to annually get a print out of your points. Your 1SG or RNCO should be doing this every year for you.
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SGT Javier Silva
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1SG (Join to see) - The UA or UA Tech can also provide your points print out.
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Is there some online source where military members can go "look up" what the actual record is? It seems to me in this day and age, no one should have to guess, there should be a application that lets you see what you have, and build "what if" assessments if you stay in longer etc.....AND, you can use the application to see if the record is being updated properly as you change assignments, perform reserve duties and things like that.
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Of Course.
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