Rate of leave earnings and military service time


Q. I retired from the U.S. Navy with 24 years of active duty service. I understand that I do not get any credit toward retirement but was told by other personnel that my rate of earnings for leave/vacation at my federal position should be adjusted. I will have worked in a federal position for three years next month, and my rate of leave/vacation earnings is 4 (basic).  Please advise if my military time affects my rate of earning for vacation time.

A. According to the Office of Personnel Management, for military retirees, annual leave accrual credit is given only for:

Actual service during a war declared by Congress (includes World War II, covering the period from Dec. 7, 1941, to April 28, 1952) or while participating in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is authorized.


All active duty when retirement was based on a disability received as a direct result of armed conflict or caused by an instrumentality of war and incurred in the line of duty during a period of war as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(11). “Period of war” includes World War II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam era, the Persian Gulf War, or the period beginning on the date of any future declaration of war by the Congress and ending on the date prescribed by presidential proclamation or concurrent resolution of the Congress.


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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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