Service computation date for RIF


Q. I am retired military with 20+ years of active-duty service serving in a full-time competitive service position under FERS. Eleven months of my military time is counted as “creditable military service” since it was served in a qualifying campaign. My service computation date for leave was adjusted by 11 months for the creditable time. Should my SCD for reduction in force also be adjusted based on this time?

A. Yes. 5 U.S.C. 3501, 3502; 5 CFR 351.501(d), 351.503 says that military retirees not eligible for military preference under a RIF receive credit only for active duty during a war or service in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.


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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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