Career-conditional employee


Q. I am currently a GS career-conditional (1½ years) employee. I have 10 years of military time that I would like to buy back. If I buy back my military time, would that increase my time as a GS employee (10 years + 1½ years = 11½ years). Would that change my status from career-conditional to career status? Or would I be buying back my military time just for retirement?

A. Making a deposit for that period of active duty service would increase your years of service as a civilian employee; however, it would not change your status from career-conditional to career.


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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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