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Q. I made a monumental oversight when I went to work for AAFES in 1992. I was in the belief that I would qualify for a pension. Come to find out I won’t, because I am a regular part-time employee (34 hours per week) even though I frequently worked 40 hours a week. Then, another AAFES employee told me of someone else who was leaving AAFES after a lengthy employment, to take up a civil service job and that his time with AAFES would be counted when qualifying for federal pension. I have not yet been able to verify this. Is this true? Where can I verify this?

A. Under certain, limited circumstances nonappropriated fund employees can get credit for that service if they become regular civil service employees. Because I am only qualified to answer questions about federal civilian benefits, I don’t know if you would be eligible for a pension based on you service with AAFES. You’ll have to talk with someone in your local personnel office.


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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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    DoD human resources specialists frequently have questions about how to advise and process employees moving between DoD NAF and civil service positions. The CPMS reference guide, “Portability of Benefits for Moves between Civil Service and Nonappropriated Fund Employment Systems,” contains answers to many of those questions. This reference guide is posted on the CPMS website at The guide and other DoD NAF personnel policy documents on the website, provides information on DoD’s large and indispensable NAF workforce.

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