Annual leave accrual


Q. If someone joins the U.S. Postal Service and has four years active duty with an honorable discharge, will he/she automatically receive four weeks of annual leave from the start, or is it necessary to buy back their military time first?

A. Because you’d have more than three years of service (but less than 15), you’d receive 160 hours of annual leave credit. That’s based on six hours each for 25 pay periods and 10 hours for the 26th. Unlike service credit, no deposit is required.


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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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