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Old 07-26-2018, 09:09 PM
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I have 16 years Time In Service in the Air National Guard with 11 of those years being AGR. I am currently a MSgt (E-7) with 9 years until an active duty retirement. I am considering applying to become commissioned. My question is; "Do I have to serve 10 years as an Officer (AGR) to receive an Active Duty retirement?" My plan was to become commissioned and move into an AGR Officer position. I would serve 8 years AGR as an officer to hit my active duty retirement (20 yrs Active). With a combined tour of AGR Enlisted 12 years and 8 years AGR Officer, do i qualify for the active pension? I thought I read somewhere that if you transfer from enlisted to officer that you must serve 10 years as an Officer to qualify for an active retirement as an Officer. Can any anyone confirm?
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Old 07-27-2018, 02:45 PM
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Yes you must serve ten years as on officer to retire at the rank of an Officer.

I'm not sure how the guard works, but you need to ensure that they will let you get to active duty retirement. The Navy reserves is strict and disallows any reservist to get an active retirement.
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:36 AM
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I was enlisted 11yrs , 6yrs out, then 15yrs commissioned.

When I received my commission at least one of the documents I signed was a statement that I understood I would need to serve at least 10yrs commissioned to retire as an officer.

I did wonder if there might be any benefits to retire enlisted prior to the 10yr mark.
Could I receive my top3 average base pay of an officer and have an ID card of a retired NCO?

Some other things to consider:
To retire at the rank of Major you must wear the rank for at least 6 months, this might be a 20-22yr goal for us with 10yrs or so enlisted, but to retire as Lieutenant Colonel its 3 years so probably pushing the 30yr mark.

Look into getting some credit toward time in grade
example: you have advanced degrees or work experience that applies to the commission you are seeking and maybe you could be commissioned as a 1st LT

AND of course enjoy the Officer with prior enlisted service pay.
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