Age restriction


Q. I am 38 years old and work as a probation officer for the state of Michigan. A federal probation officer job just opened. Would I be able to apply for the position since it is in the same field, or would my age restrict me from qualifying?

A. While the upper limit for hiring special category employees is 37, an agency may, under certain circumstances, waive that limit. Go ahead and apply for the position and see what happens.


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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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