Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and leave accrual


Q. I understand having an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal will allow me to accumulate more leave per pay period, starting my third year as a DA civilian (from four to six hours).

Will having a second one increase that by two years? I served 21 years in the Marine Corps and have one AFEM on my DD-214 (Lebanon). While on active duty, I should have pushed for a second AFEM for my two tours in the Persian Gulf (1988-1990). If I would get a second year of increased leave accumulation by having a second AFEM, I’ll push to NavPerCom (PERS-312B) for action.

A. To find the rules governing annual leave accrual, go to and scroll down to Service Credit for Leave Accrual Rates.


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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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