Leave accumulation


Q: I recently retired from the Coast Guard as a Reserve warrant officer with 30 years of service (13 years active duty and 17 years as a reservist). Upon taking my GS position with the Coast Guard, I bought my 13 years of active duty in a lump sum. During my new-hire orientation, I was told that my bi-weekly leave accumulation would rise from four hours per pay period to six hours per pay period. To date, after two years, one month of GS service, I am still receiving four hours per pay period. Am I correct that I should be receiving the six hours? If so, please give me the reference so that I can return to my personnel servicing branch and rectify my records.

A: According to OPM, “For non-retired members, full credit for uniformed service (including active duty and active duty for training) performed under honorable conditions is given for annual leave accrual purposes.” You’ll find that statement at www.opm.gov/oca/leave/HTML/ANNUAL.asp#CreditableService. click on Accrual Rates.


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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.

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