Credit toward law enforcement retirement


Q: I will have been in federal law enforcement for 25 years as of April 2011. I will be 46 years old at that point. In my first 15 years of service, I was in a covered law enforcement position. The next two years, I was in a law enforcement position that was not covered. In last seven years, I again have been in a covered position. Will I be eligible to retire in 2011 at the age of 46, or do I have to add the two years I was in the uncovered position onto the 25 years?

A: Any period of service when you weren’t in a covered position won’t count when determining your eligibility to retire under the special provision for law enforcement officers. You need to have 20 years of covered service to retire at age 50 or 25 years of covered service to retire at any age.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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