Retirement application


Q: I am an Air Force AFMC civilian employee and I plan to retire by Sept. 30. I have been holding my application pending AFMC’s possibility of offering buyout incentives (VSIP) to eligible retirees. Do I have to wait until a VSIP is offered before I submit my retirement application to OPM?

A: Yes. The purpose of a buyout incentive is to encourage employees to retire, not to reward those who have decided and submitted retirement papers.


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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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