Military time and creditable service


Q. I am working for the Veterans Affairs Department hospital. I served six years of service with the active-duty Navy, in which I was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and was honorably discharged with an RE1 enlistment code after the Navy. I served 14 years Active Guard Reserve with the Army National Guard. I do not wish to sell my time back, but I want to know why my active-duty time with the Navy does not count toward my time for leave or vacation when there are fellow workers who have less time (3-4 years) that do.

A. It should count. According to the Office of Personnel Management, “For nonretired members [of the armed forces], full credit for uniformed service (including active duty and active duty for training) performed under honorable conditions is given for annual leave accrual purposes.”


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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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