Deployed and contract time convert to time in civil service


Q. I have been hearing different stories from CPOL and other civil service employees. I am a retired CW3 from the Army, 1974-1997, and I’ve been in civil service for over nine months.  My job is a logistics management specialist, 0346, support of the STAMIS system, PBUSE.  I was deployed for four months to Operation Desert Storm, and after retirement I worked as a contractor from 1997-2009 supporting the STAMIS systems for the Army. Does any of my Army contractor time (13 years) count towards civil service retirement since it was similar to the job I am currently doing in civil service? Would it increase my annual leave accrual? If so what forms do I need to fill out and submit to my CPAC?

A. While your time as a contractor may have counted when determining your qualifications for your current position or used by you as a negotiating point for setting your annual leave accrual rate before entering on duty, it cannot be counted when determining  your years of service or in your annuity calculation.


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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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