Mandatory removal


Q. I am a Dual Status Military Technician GS-12 and I will reach my Mandatory Removal Date in 2019 when I am 50 and not eligible for retirement yet. This will end my Federal employment as a military technician. What options are there for me to gain new employment in the federal system and what impact does my previous GS-12 grade have?
A. Like anyone else, you’d have to check for job openings for which you’d qualify at your current location and go to and see what jobs are available there. While your current grade level and performance ratings would help a future employer to understand what you’ve attained in the past, the decision to hire you – and at what grade – would have to be based on a match between your knowledge, skills and abilities and the job you’ve applied for.


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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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