Posted on Jul 23, 2021
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I have an initial 3 years TIS active duty, 8 years reserve and another 3 return to active duty. So quick questions, can I retire in 5? Or do I have to finish out another 14 on active duty since it’s a different component?
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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A lot of bits and pieces of info in here so let me put it all into one piece.

Only your active duty time counts towards calculating the 20 years retirement. Any days you spent in active status during your Reserves time counts toward your 20 years as well, that includes schools, AT, and deployments.

Your reserve time counts toward your pay. So you have six+ years towards retirement but 14 towards pay. Your retirement pay is based off the final 36 months of your pay, so you'll have a higher retirement at 20 years than someone else of the same rank at 20 years because you'll be getting paid at the 28 year rate.

You had one year to enroll in BRS when you returned to active duty, if you didn't then the opportunity is gone.
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MAJ Robert Philpot
MAJ Robert Philpot
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1SG Steven Malkowski - I knew a guy who drilled for points only (DFPO) every year during a special summer camp we ran for troubled youth. He was a physician and LTC. This was in the Army National Guard
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SFC Mike Thompson
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I spent 22 1/2 yrs in the TX Guard. I went on Title 10 several times. Total was about 6 1/2 yrs. Guard goes by points. I believe it is 48 point to have a good year. Includes AT. I was in Bosnia and Iraq plus time at the Border. As an E-7 my retirement pay was about half of an A D E-7 with same amount of time. You get 1 point per 4hrs or 2 points per weekend and 1 for 1 for Annual Training daily.
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SSG James Oscarson
SSG James Oscarson
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1 point for 4 hours is 4 points per weekend and sometimes we attended a Friday night that was 4 hours an for 5 points that weekend. That also was five days of military pay. We worked two or two and half days and got 4 or 5 days pay. As for points, if you attended all drills it was 48 to 50 points, 15 days, 15 points for annual training and 15 points a year as a credit for being a member of the guard. Total of 98 points a year on average. A good year equaled 50 points. I retired an SSG with over 26 years credit. Pay is decent and helps with expenses.
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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SSG James Oscarson points only apply for Reserve Retirement, points are not used in an Active Duty retirement
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LCpl Benji Smith
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As I understand it reserve time (except time spent AD training) does not count toward AD retirement.
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Not on the front side but they do on the back side. E.G. if you hit your 20 AD and had 4 years RC time, they do their government math and depending on how much time it equals out to, you may have 21 or 22 years applied to your retirement service, but it won’t take you over your 20, meaning at 18 years AD they won’t even look at the RC time to see if you have your 20. You have to hit the 20 AD before they’ll make the computation.
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He will get a prorated retirement based on the reserve component point system for he may be stuck with Blended retirement.
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CSM Charles Hayden
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MSG (Join to see) Do not ask a recruiter about various retirements available. I did once and was personally embarrassed at his lack of knowledge. Retirement is not a Recruiter’s mission!
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SFC Retired
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That’s unfortunate. We weren’t taught the computations but we were briefed on how it works. Your PAC section can do the computations though.
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The best resource on retirement is another retired soldier or the Retirement center on post.
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