DoD leave and military leave


Q. I work for the Defense Department and plan on retiring at the end of this year. I’m retired from National Guard and have 240 hours of military leave. When I retire from DoD, will I be paid for the 240 hours of military leave along with my DoD leave?

A. No. You’ll have to check with your branch of service to see if your military leave has any cash value.


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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


  1. I’m retiring in March 2019 with 36 years of government service. I have a balance of 240 military hours on the books. Upon my retirement I’m I entitled to a lump sum of those unused military leave hours?

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