Q: I have been a government employee for more than 22 years in FERS . I have been transferred on permanant change of station overseas to five countries during my career for a total of 15 years and six months. I was recently told I accrue years at an accelerated rate when assigned PCS overseas. Is that correct? At what rate do I accrue years toward retirement (i.e. 1 year overseas = 1.2 years, etc.)? Does the accelerated rate apply to extended overseas temporary duty, such as my current situation of serving 179 days in Iraq?
A: I’m not aware of any provision in law or regulation that would grant extra service credit for serving overseas.