Posted on Feb 9, 2016
PO1 Nathan Watts
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So, within one year of retirement I looked into the reserves. I simply wanted to feel like I still connected with the military and what has been the better part of my life. Then I found out my retirement pay would have been screwed over, so it basically became a non issue.

Now, several years later, after having found RallyPoint, I can't help but wonder what other retirees did to fill that "itch..." Did any of you find a way into the reserves where it wouldn't mess with your retiree pay?
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BG Dep. Director, Military Programs
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I would advocate that you find a local Reserve unit and join, or even lead, their Family Readiness Group. The uninitiated may think this sounds like hosting bake sales, but in reality they serve a vital function in identifying and resolving Soldier/ family issues. This is particularly true of units with often deployed members like Civil Affairs.
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I suggest you talk to a reserve recruiter and ask about the feasibility of joining a Volunteer Training Unit, or VTU. These Sailors drill strictly for points to count towards retirement, and receive no pay. I was never a recruiter myself, but logic would suggest that since VTU's don't get paid it wouldn't hose your retired pay.

It can't hurt to ask, all they can say is no.
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PO1 Nathan Watts
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That sounds interesting - definitely. Thank you.
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LTC Self Employed
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....or coast guard auxillary. You would probably be made an ensign for your experience. My SSG/E6 friend was. Coast Guard Auxillary is also volunteer. If you happen to live near a CG base.
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LTC Stephen F.
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I am currently a retired reserve officer which is known as gray area retiree PO1 Nathan Watts. I turn 60 in October 2016 and will draw my first retirement check at end of month November. I thought the day might never arrive and I was very dissapointed when the mobilization credit to reduce retirement for each 90 days of mobilization was not backdated from Jan 31, 2008 to September 11, 2001.
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i agree LTC. I did over 2 years before Jan 2008 title 10 and 32 and it would have helped. I was in ONE3 and OIF 3/4 and those don't count. Only OEF in 2009 does.
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I lost 18 months because the did not back date, I still have almost 18 months after 2008 but they way they word things I may not get the entire 18 months.
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COL David Turk
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I'm in the same boat; lost earlier receipt of retirement pay since they didn't make it retroactive.
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CW3 Kevin Storm
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Sir, you and I both felt that way, I thought one kind of sucked.
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