Mandatory retirement


Q: I entered federal civil service in March 2007 as an Air Reserve
technician. I bought back 10 years of military service. I turn 51 in August. I have heard I must retire at age 56 due to being an Air Reserve technician. However, I won’t have 30 years of service. Is this true?

A: What you were told was untrue. Go to and read what the law has to say about mandatory retirement for reserve technicians.


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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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