LEO retirement and active duty time


Q. I am 44-years-old and just transferred to the Federal Bureau of Prisons from the VA. I have eight years of civil service and 13 years of Active duty in the Army under my belt. Does my active duty time, when bought back, count toward the 20-25 year law enforcement officers retirement?

A. Active duty service performed before you went to work for the federal government doesn’t count toward the years of service needed to retire as an LEO. LEOs can retire at age 50 with 20 years of covered service or at any age with 25.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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