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National Guard and Reserve Retirement at the Maximum Pay
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National Guard and Reserve Retirement at the Maximum Pay

A reader writes: I need some clarification regarding your article that describes the calculation of a Reserve/Guard retired pay benefit. I’ve relied on this description in the past, but am troubled by one aspect of the calculation/description. Assume a Guard member has the requisite 20 “good years” to qualify for ...

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Sanctuary and Military Mobilization
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Sanctuary and Military Mobilization

A reader writes: I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan. I am very close to sanctuary and may reach it during the end of my leave after my deployment is over. If I don’t reach sanctuary by the end of this deployment I will return back to the Reserves with no less than 17 years and 11 months of “active federal” time. ...

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Divorce And A Military Reserve Pension
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Divorce And A Military Reserve Pension

A reader writes: My husband was commissioned after ROTC in August 1966, placed on an educational deferment, and did not start active duty until February 1968. How many retirement points did he earn over that period and where is a regulation that addresses this? After some more questions, I learned: The time from ...

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Military Reserve Sanctuary, Retirement, and Time in Grade
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Military Reserve Sanctuary, Retirement, and Time in Grade

A reader writes: My spouse was selected for promotion before reaching sanctuary. He was promoted after sanctuary orders were issued, but prior to deployment. We were completely unaware of the “promotion during active duty in sanctuary” rule that would cancel his retirement orders and allow him to stay on active ...

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Reader questions on Reserve retirement Tricare and points
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Reader questions on Reserve retirement Tricare and points

I see that Reserve retirement is a popular search term on the blog again, even more popular than financial independence or military retirement. Here are the recent top three searches: Navy Reserve retirement calculator Air Force Reserve retirement calculator Navy personnel drawdown I thought I'd learned ...

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Navy Reserve Retirement Credit for ROTC Summer Training
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Navy Reserve Retirement Credit for ROTC Summer Training

  Today's post answers a question from a Navy Reserve reader. I try to balance out the topics, questions, and reader stories in The Military Guide to apply to all the services. However, this is a niche topic that I've seen cause a lot of unhappy faces in Navy Reserve units all over the country. So if you're ...

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