Q. I made a monumental oversight when I went to work for AAFES in 1992. I was in the belief that I would qualify for a pension. Come to find out I won’t, because I am a regular part-time employee (34 hours per week) even though I frequently worked 40 hours a week. Then, another AAFES employee told me of someone else who was leaving AAFES after a lengthy employment, to take up a civil service job and that his time with AAFES would be counted when qualifying for federal pension. I have not yet been able to verify this. Is this true? Where can I verify this?
A. Under certain, limited circumstances nonappropriated fund employees can get credit for that service if they become regular civil service employees. Because I am only qualified to answer questions about federal civilian benefits, I don’t know if you would be eligible for a pension based on you service with AAFES. You’ll have to talk with someone in your local personnel office.