Unused home leave


Q. As a result of an overseas tour, I have unused home leave on the books. What will happen to this leave when I retire? Is it paid out along with unused annual leave? Or does it just disappear?

A. Home leave may only be taken during a period of service abroad or within a reasonable period of time after you return from service abroad when you are expected to return to service abroad immediately or on completion of an assignment in the U.S. When the home leave doesn’t meet those criteria, it is lost.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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