Posted on Nov 16, 2019
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I have been in the National Guard almost three years, and I plan on doing an SMP contract with the national guard, and was needing to know once I graduate and commission as an officer will my Time in Service from my enlisted years transfer over to my officer years on my pay or will they reset? Also I plan to compete for an active duty slot and will that complicate my time in service years?
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There are two types of credit for service, credit for pay and credit for retirement. ROTC does not earn any credit in itself, but your membership in SMP will earn credit for pay since it is a reserve status. There is no enlisted or commissioned difference, it is all considered credit for pay.
If you are activated your retirement will be based off 20 years of active service. You can retire at 20 years, but your percentage will be based off your pay years.
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MAJ Ron Peery
MAJ Ron Peery
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Good response, SFC Boyd. Two other things though. You can from the Guard after 20 years, but you can't draw retired pay until you are 60. No matter which way you choose to go, keep every document you ever get from the Army. They are all important, and they frequently disappear from the system. You may have to rebuild all or part of your file. Good luck.
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MAJ Ron Peery
MAJ Ron Peery
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Supposed to say "you can retire from the Guard."
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MAJ Javier Rivera
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Your time in service will count towards your pay but not for retirement. However, time served during initial entry and annual training does for retirement.
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CSM Charles Hayden
CSM Charles Hayden
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Count your ‘points’!!”
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2LT Fire Direction Officer
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As long as you are an SMP it will count for your Pay.
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