Mandatory retirement


Q. I am in an 1801 covered law enforcement position. Our mandatory retirement age is 57. The last few years’ positions have been posting with a 40 year maximum entrance age, with 20 years going to 60. Are other LEO’s now allowed to work until 60?

A. No. However, if a law enforcement officer has completed 20 years of covered service and reached mandatory retirement age, an agency head may, at his sole discretion, allow the employee to continue working until age 60. If an LEO is first hired after age 37, he must be allowed to complete 20 years of covered service before being separated.



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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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