Sick leave at retirement


Q. I plan to retire in 2016 with 22 years of service. I will be 63 in May of 2016. I have 1,200 hours of sick leave. How would that affect my retirement? I have three years with a non-approved fund. I received a business basic separation because of base closure. I accepted a job with DOD within a day after my separation, but I could not start until the beginning of the pay period. Would I be able to count that time for retirement?

A. At retirement, any hours of actual service that don’t add up to one month are added to any unused hours of sick leave. Roughly speaking, 174 hours equals one additional month of retirement credit. Those additional months will be included when computing your annuity.


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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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