Annual leave limit overseas


Q. I am a Department of the Army civilian employee. I was hired as a contractor from the U.S. to work in Italy for the Defense Department. I was then hired as a civilian employee here (actually in the same office) and have been here for 2½ years. I have asked, but my human resources office is saying I receive an annual leave ceiling of 240 hours instead of the normal 360 for overseas employees because I was hired locally. In addition, I do not receive home leave or renewal agreement travel. I believe the home leave and RAT are only if hired from the continental U.S., so it makes sense. Is this all correct?

A. Your HR is mistaken. For proof, go to and scroll to Annual Leave Ceiling.


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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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