That's an urban myth. I have heard the same thing in the past; unfortunately, it is not true.I could be wrong, but I think I remember reading somewhere that once you serve 20 years outside of the academy the 4 you spent at the academy start counting toward your pay and retirement.
Go talk to someone who isn't a midshipman. This is not correct.After 20, the four years DO count, not an urban myth - current mid
Correct, you submit a form to your service and get the required documentation which essentially says his much you should have been contributing, based on your earnings. You then schedule the buy back with your agency based on what you're comfortable contributing to get caught up.kp, that is correct. Your SA and service time an be bought be back toward a retirement... Source... My neighbor and best friend did this. I have a copy of the document that references it as I had several GS offers I considered.
And the 4 years at a SA do not get tacked on 'at the end' to make a 20 year retirement now 24... I asked several of my close friends who retired in the last 6 months. None of them had that time added on.