Creditable service


Q: I have been on active-duty orders for the West Virginia National Guard since Nov. 8, 2009, in order to support the Defense Critical Infrastructure Program (DCIP) and the Critical Infrastructure Protection-Mission Assessments (CIP-MAAs). This executive order is the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) – 7. I am not in direct support of OEF, however, we provide domestic security duty. Can this period of time be credited toward my federal law enforcement career, which is now on hold?

A: It will depend on the nature of the orders that led to your being called to active duty. You’ll need to share that information with your civilian agency, which can check with OPM to determine if it qualifies. If it does, your time on active duty will be fully creditable toward your federal law enforcement career once you return to your civilian job.


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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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