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Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: “My military time was added to my federal service time about 10 years ago and I paid the fees. Now HR is telling me they made a mistake, and the additional time should not have been applied to my Annual Leave Allocation. They are reviewing my leave awarded with the full intention of taking back about 340 hours. This hardly seems fair. They are quoting regulations that state Advance Leave Allocation does not apply, as I am fully retired. This does not sound right to me. To me, an E-4 with 30 percent salary is hardly fully retired. I would like to know if they are reading the regulation correctly and find out what my alternatives are to not having any leave for the next two years.”

Answer: It is unfortunate that your Human Resources Office erred regarding giving you credit for annual leave purposes when you made your military deposit. To make matters worse, there is nothing you can do now to prevent your HR office now from taking back 340 hours of your annual leave hours. The only exception is for military retirees for active duty who get credit for annual leave purposes for the time they spent in a combat zone (war campaign).

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