Years toward retirement


Q: I am a postal employee with 30 years of service at age 51. I recall the Postal Service offering years toward service as an incentive to retire. This happened in the 1990s. Do you know the history and details of such an offer? Does my memory serve me correctly, or am I just wishfully dreaming?

A: You are wishfully dreaming. There is no provision in law — nor has there ever been — that would add years of service as an incentive to retire.


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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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