Retiring LEO


Q: I am a FERS employee who had 20 years at 6c (FF/LEO) in December. In January 2013 I will have 25 years total federal civil service (21 years 6c, 4 years non-6c, with no breaks in service). I am being told that I can retire. Is  this true? OPM and retirement state “25 years of service,” not 25 years of 6c?

A: A FERS law enforcement officer can retire at age 50 with 20 years of covered service or at any age with 25 years of covered service. If you are under age 50, a combination of covered and non-covered service wouldn’t make you eligible to retire.


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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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