Q. I will have 30 years with the United States Postal Service next year and plan on retiring September 30, 2016. I had to take leave without pay this year because my daughter was injured. How does LWOP affect my retirement next year?
A. It won’t affect your retirement unless you took more than 6 months within the same calendar year. If you did, any days of LWOP beyond six months wouldn’t count toward your total service time. That could affect the date on which you are eligible to retire and the amount of your annuity.