Mandatory retirement


Q. I am a dentist starting with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at age 43 with an age exemption. I have approximately 10 years of military years to buy back. If the mandatory retirement age of the BOP is 57, how can I retire from an agency in 20 years at age 63, add my military 10 years for a total of 30 years, and still receive the law enforcement 1.7 percent retirement calculation?

A. As a rule, Federal BOP law enforcement positions must be filled prior to an applicant’s 37th birthday; however, exceptions are made for hard-to-fill positions, such as medical officers and dental officers. Since that requirement was waived for you, your agency can request a waiver of the mandatory retirement provision.


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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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