Military leave


Q. At the beginning of the fiscal year, I took 120 hours of military leave as a federal employee. Recently, I was hired by another federal agency. Will I have a new balance of military leave with my new agency, or will I have to wait until the beginning of the next fiscal year?

A. You are only entitled to 15 days of military leave in a calendar year. This usually is taken when an employee is on active duty for training (ANACDUTRA). Such leave is treated as though you were still on the job, for pay and benefits purposes. Any military leave beyond that can be taken if you are called to active duty. You would get credit for that time in determining your length of service for retirement only if you made a deposit to the retirement system.


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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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