Does that only count for active service? Like, if I had 12 years active service, and 8 inactive, would that count as my 20 years?
Reason I ask is because I am thinking of joining, well, I am joining for sure, but staying in for about 4 years, going inactive to go to school to get my degree, than go active again so I can become an officer.
And this matters to me, because I am sorta planning my retirement now, and this has to do with it.
Other retirements, Active duty counts as Government service so you can retire from the military get a Federal job (like a postman) and roll your active duty in to that retirement as well. Basically you work 20years with teh Postal service but get a 40 year retirement thanks to active duty time.
NG and AR. Twenty good years gets you a retirement with a hitch. You don't get a retirement check till you are 60-65 (depending on what options you choose at retirement) but you automatically qualify for all other retiremnet bennies.
miltiary does count if you did under 20 years toward civilian government retirement but you have to buy your military time back. if you have over 20 years you have to start over if you go civil service.