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Hi, I am trying to find out if (most of) the the time spent while I was attending the Naval Academy counts towards my accumulated Active Duty time, in my particular situation. In general, I know that Academy time does not count. However, I was enlisted before being appointed to the Academy. I had nearly four years of obligated service remaining at the time of my entry to the Academy. I have two DD-214s for the following periods: one from the beginning of my enlistment to the time of entry into the Academy; and one from the time of entry into the Academy to the end of my obligated service (about 5 months prior to graduation). There is a note on the first DD214 which states that no discharge certifcate was to be issued because I would be serving active duty in a "dual status" (meaning that if I left the academy for any reason - I would return to being an E5 in the enlisted Navy). The second DD214 (from the time of entry to 5 months prior to graduation) states the reason for separation as "fullfillment of service obligation" and notes that discharge papers were given. This is important in my situation because I am currently a Naval Reservist (SELRES) and, over the years, have qualified for a reserve retirement and have accumulated 18 total years of Active Duty (in fact the Navy will not write me any more orders due to "sanctuary" concerns, ie - they do not want me to qualify for a regular retirement). PERS-9 had not counted my time while at the Academy (most of the time while I was in dual status at the Academy). But I just found these DD-214s in some old files and have submitted them to PERS-9, but have had no response from them. Do you know if the DD214 which shows me as being in a dual status should count as Active Duty toward the 20 years I would need for a regular retirement?
Currently, I have a reserve retirment and will get retirement pay at age 60 (actually a couple years earlier due to active duty time from deplyments and active duty since January 2008). However if this DD-214 spent in dual status will be honored and counted toward my active duty time - then I will have accumulated nearly 22 years of active duty and will qualify for a regular retirment, and thus, will start receiving retirement pay as soon as I retire from the reserves.
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