Leave accrual


Q. I’ve just been offered a job in a federal agency. Because I’m an Army retiree, I’ve been told that I won’t get any credit for that time in determining my annual leave accrual rate. It doesn’t seem right that I won’t get any credit while others who served less time and didn’t retire do get credit for their time. Why is that?

A. When it enacted the Dual Compensation Act in 1964, Congress adopted a compromise between the view that retired members should receive preference and full credit for their service and the view that there should be no advantage for retired members. As a result, retired members only get leave accrual credit for actual service either during a war declared by the Congress or while participating in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign ribbon is authorized or when the retirement was based on a disability received as a direct result of armed conflict or caused by an instrumentality of war and incurred in the line of duty during a period of war.


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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.


  1. Sir, I have this same issue (Leave Accrual), and I’ve been trying to get credit for my service; retired army enlisted with over 21 years. Served in two conflicts, Operation Just Cause Panama and IFOR/SFOR Operations in the former Republic of Yugoslavia and received campaign medal’s for both. I’ve been asking my HR personnel and supervisors for over 17 years and submitted the required paperwork several times. Any guidance/assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciate.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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