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How Many Points Do I Need to Obtain My 20 Year Letter and Where Can I Find My Point Totals.

I need to know how many retirement point I have and how many points I need to receive my 20 year letter?

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Short Answer

Based on our understanding you need approximately 3500 points to obtain a 20 year letter.  See attached documentation.


Finding Your Points

Where can I get a copy of my Form 249-E that shows all of my retirement points.



In order to receive a 20 year letter (which implies you want to know when you have a vested retirement with the Guard or Reserve), an Army Reserve or National Guard soldier needs 20 good years of service.   The can be a combination of Active Duty, Guard and Reserve time.

A “good year” is considered to be a minimum of 50 points during a given year.  Or,  a “good year” is one year on active duty.

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