I swore in Jan 2017 as a 35F enlisted, but joined ROTC at my college Sep 2018. I am a contracted SMP cadet in my MSII year drilling with a Reserve unit in Vermont. I am receiving the GRFD scholarship. My question is whether I will have contiguous TIS from Jan 2017 to when I commission (MyPay says ROTC time is not creditable TIS). I suspect that since I am actively drilling, the answer is yes, but I am unsure. Also, when I graduate from college, will the time I served before entering ROTC count toward retirement?
Posted 6 mo ago
ROTC time is not creditable service, in and of itself. If you are a simultaneously contracted with a Reserve Component (USAR or NG) as an SMP Cadet or drilling member while also taking Senior ROTC courses toward a commission, that time in service is credited as points toward retirement. That said, you still have to earn a minimum of 50 points in a year to have it credited as a good year for retirement.
If you are accessed back onto Active Duty, and you're referring to an AD retirement - as opposed to an RC retirement, your SMP time counts for pay. ROTC itself does not count for pay, your contract with a reserve component is what grants your time for pay. The AD time you served prior will also count towards your 20 years till AD retirement. Plus any AD time you may serve while on SMP such as AT or ADOS will be counted towards your AD time.
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