Q. I will have approximately 503 hours of annual leave when I retire at the end of May (183 hours were carried over). I also have 24 hours of a time off award and 30 hours of home leave unused as a result of a previous overseas assignment. Will my payout for leave include the 24 hours of the time off award added to my 503 hours? Will I receive a payout for the 30 hours of home leave, will I simply lose it, or will it be added as creditable service in my retirement calculations?
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Q. I retired from federal service in September. While I was working in Europe, I earned home leave, and it has remained on my leave and earnings statement since I returned to the continental Unites States in 2004. Will I receive pay for it when I retire? A. As a rule, home leave may be taken only during service abroad or within a reasonable period after you return from service abroad and are expected to return to service abroad immediately or on completion of an assignment in the U.S. Since home leave is grated at the discretion of an agency,…
Q. As a result of an overseas tour, I have unused home leave on the books. What will happen to this leave when I retire? Is it paid out along with unused annual leave? Or does it just disappear? A. Home leave may only be taken during a period of service abroad or within a reasonable period of time after you return from service abroad when you are expected to return to service abroad immediately or on completion of an assignment in the U.S. When the home leave doesn’t meet those criteria, it is lost.
Q. I am a FERS employee who will be retiring from an overseas base. I have a balance of 10 days home leave on the books. When I retire, can I use those days by leaving 10 days early back to the U.S.? A. Probably not. According to DOD Subchapter 12188.8.131.52, home leave may be used “only during a period of service abroad when it is contemplated that the employee will return to service abroad upon completion of the home leave period or upon completion of an assignment in the U.S.”