Nonretained and leave without pay


Q. I am a dual status employee working for the Air National Guard in SC. If I am nonretained in the military, I know I will lose my full-time job. Knowing this will happen, after the nonretained military paperwork is submitted, can I take leave without pay and start another job in the private workforce? Basically, I want to secure a job before my last day on the full-time side (after the nonretained paperwork has been approved). When can this be done? I was told it may take “awhile” for the paperwork to come back from the full time side and I don’t want to miss out on any opportunity that may come up before they tell me when my last official full-time day is.

A. Whether you would be granted LWOP would be entirely up to your agency. All you can do is ask.


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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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