Service Academy time for annual leave accrual


Q.  I noticed the article on your site located here: I have been having a heck of a time getting my agency to credit my service academy time for annual leave. Two reasons for this: 1) I’m the first person to ask about this and 2) Our HR department doesn’t have much experience with military members. Is there any way to get a note or email from OPM stating this? Or perhaps a point of contact who can provide something That is about the only thing I can do to get my agency to credit that time. Their response now is that academy time is not active duty and they point to my DD214 as proof.

I notice from the comments in this posting that other people are running into the same problem.

A.  Although Section 1115 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 didn’t explicitly make academy time creditable for leave accrual purposes, according to OPM, the fact that it made that time creditable for retirement purposes also made it creditable for leave accrual purposes, both prospectively and retrospectively.


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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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