It depends which component you retire out of. In your example, you receive a 'normal' retirement because you retired out of the active component (AD/AR pay/benefits are almost interchangeable).Is this saying that if you go from Active Duty and complete your next 10 years as an Active Reservist you will receive your pension upon retirement, vice age 59?
Language is important here. FTS, Full Time Support, is a Title 10 program meaning you are moving toward a normal AD retirement (traditional 20 years). Active Reserve could mean a number of things including Title 32 support activities meaning you will retire with a non-traditional (age 59 reserve) retirement. Active reserve guys can do three, six, even one year tours, but if their orders read Title 32 that means they are not held against the end-strength of that service so they get full-time pay and benefits, but retirement points only. If you are super-lucky you can reach 7300 points (20 years x 365 points per year) before 20 and try to apply for an early retirement, but that can be denied and you will earn 20-year money, but not until you are 59. The only wiggle room here is if your orders read "In Support of GWOT" then you can subtract that time from your 60th birthday and claim slightly earlier retirement.Follow on question if anyone can please confirms with regards to the AR. Per the SEPS manual, Reserve commissioned officers on active duty who have completed more than 20 years of active service, of which at least 10 years was served as a commissioned officer, may request retirement under the provisions of chapter 2 of this Manual. Is this saying that if you go from Active Duty and complete your next 10 years as an Active Reservist you will receive your pension upon retirement, vice age 59? The way I read this, the answer is yes, however the enlisted career counselor at my squadron said that you do not receive it until you hit the 59 year mark. Also if anyone can shed some light on pros and cons of going AR to a VMGR squadron it would be much appreciated. Thanks for any replies.
Agreed, probably best at this point to break it down by service.Language is important here.
*puts pedantic hat on*I would be surprised if that actually was the case, the Navy was specifically called out for allowing that in the Retirement Commission from a few years ago.