Does Military Time Carry Over to a Federal Job?

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Civilian federal employment is a natural transition for men and women leaving military service. Time spent in the military counts toward annual leave and retirement in the federal government as long as certain provisions are met.

1 Annual Leave

Non-retired, uniformed, service members receive full credit for time served when it comes to annual leave. Any federal employees that enter military service, then return to federal employment, also keep all annual leave they earned. Retired service members receive annual leave credit for time served during a war or conflict.

2 Retirement

Credit toward retirement for time served is also afforded non-retired, service members as long as they deposit at least 3 percent of their military base pay. Retired service members can either receive their military retirement pay or receive credit for time served. Disabled veterans can receive their retirement pay and credit for time served.

3 Other Considerations

In addition to being able to carry over time served in the military, veterans also receive preference in applying for federal jobs.

Melinda Hill Sineriz has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She worked as an editorial assistant for Forward Movement Publications in Cincinnati, Ohio. She wrote for several years for and edited and wrote a chapter for a book with Wooster Press. She graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She has a master's degree in teaching.