June 7, 2013
More Information: Current law allows a reserve-component member to receive retirement pay three months prior to age 60 for each 90 days of deployed service in support of a contingency operation or national emergency since Jan. 28, 2008.
However, a 90-day period must occur during a single fiscal year to qualify. Service that overlaps with the beginning and end of fiscal years does not count toward moving up the age to receive retirement pay.
Ninety days of service, for example, that begin on Sept. 1 would not qualify because the service time would cross one fiscal year’s end on Sept. 30 and another’s beginning on Oct. 1. Service that began on Oct. 1 would qualify.
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., have introduced The Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Act, S. 240, which brings common sense to this issue.
Their bill qualifies any 90-day period that occurs within consecutive fiscal years since Jan. 28, 2008.
The Senate Armed Services Committee will consider this bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2014. Your input is needed to ensure passage of this important legislation.
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