I enlisted in the National Guard in 2016 and commissioned through ROTC in 2020. When I process on to active duty will my time in service carry over from my time in the National Guard? I've heard it does, but I've also heard that it will but won't count for the entire 4 years once I get on to active duty. I'm asking more so for the financial side of things considering the difference in pay for an O-1 with 0 years in and an O-1 with 4 years in.
Posted 2 mo ago
I served in the National Guard for 11 years prior to serving more than 23 years on active duty. A lot of my Guard service was for training, and all told I had about 4 years active duty credit at retirement. All your time will be calculated day for day at retirement. Your Guard time will be counted day for day, not by years of service. So 4 years in the Guard will only count those days you were paid to be in uniform. In terms of pay scale, I was credited for years of service, so when I went on active duty they paid me on the pay scale for 11 years of service, which was a good deal. I’m not sure they still do it that way, but my guess is it is the same.
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