Q. I have been an employee for 22-plus years in the FERS retirement system. I have been “PCS’d” overseas to five countries during my career for a total of 15 years and six months. I was recently told I accrue years at an accelerated rate when assigned (PCS) overseas. Is that correct? At what rate do I accrue years towards retirement (i.e. 1 year overseas = 1.2 years, etc)? Does the accelerated rate apply to extended overseas TDYs, such as my current situation of serving 179 days in Iraq? Thank you for your assistance. I can’t find this topic addressed on the OPM website.
A. I’m not aware of any provision in law or regulation what would grant extra service credit for serving overseas.