Q. I served in the Navy from 1973 to 1982 and received an honorable discharge. Also, I received 10 percent disability. I am considering entering federal service this year. Will my active-duty time count for benefits (vacation, retirement, etc.)? A. The Office of Personnel Management’s Vets Guide is the definitive source of information about the benefits available to members of the military who join the civilian federal government. Go to www.opm.gov/StaffingPortal/Vetguide.asp and scroll down to Service Credit.
Q. As part-time flexible postal workers, we were not able to recover unused vacation time going into the next year over 440 hours. As a newly designated nontraditional full-time employee, has this changed? A. Only Executive Administrative Schedule employees are able to carry over a greater amount of unused annual leave. In their case it’s 560 hours.