Annual and sick leave accrual


Q. I’m a full-time civilian Defense Department employee in the Navy Reserve.

I’ve been involuntarily recalled to active duty under SEC 12302, Title 10 USC, for 400 days to Afghan. Will I continue to accrue annual and sick leave on active duty? Thank you.

A. No. You could accrue annual and sick leave only if you took annual leave for some or all of the time you were on active duty.


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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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