Military activation and law enforcement retirement


Q. I started my federal law enforcement career in 2002. I was activated under executive order for Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005 to 2007. How does this time affect law enforcement retirement? I have bought back all of my military time.

A. As long as you left from a covered position and returned to a covered position, that period of active-duty service would be counted when determining your eligibility to retire under the special provision for law enforcement officers.


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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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