Annual leave accrual


Q: I served a little more than 29 years of military service. Part of this time was on active duty and about 24 years of it was as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. I have recently taken a position with the Department of Justice and am accruing six hours of annual leave per pay period.  I am questioning whether this should be eight hours per pay period rather than the six. I have been inquiring regarding this matter for the past 10 months and have yet to receive an answer regarding this matter. I was of the impression that 29 years of service is 29 years of service and that there should be no distinction between active duty and/or reserve time. Thank you very much.

A: Only active duty service is included when determining an employee’s leave accrual category.

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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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