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Academy time factored in to federal work

Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by LineInTheSand, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

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    This question is actually for me….

    I know that your service academy time does NOT count toward military retirement, but DOES count toward federal retirement.

    What I'd like to know is, when applying for a federal job, your active duty time counts toward accumulated vacation time. For instance, an agency gives 4 hours per pay period for federal employees with less than five years federal experience, six hours for 5-15 years and eight hours for above 15 years.

    Do my four years at CGA count? The agency will use my DD-214 to determine I have five years active duty service, but obviously including the four years at CGA will get me closer to the 15 year mark. The DD-214 covers the period after I was commissioned, so it doesn't include my CGA time.

    I'm guessing there are a few vets here that work for the federal government that have some idea of what I'm talking about.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Falcon A

    Falcon A Member

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    Yes. See page 4 in the document at the link: https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/publications-forms/csrsfers-handbook/c022.pdf

    You have to provide your transcript to your retirement office since the time is not covered by your DD-214 and you have to "buy the time" by paying for the amount you would have paid into FERS during those years. It is worth it to buy the time -- probably under $1000. Your retirement office should be able to help you calculate the amount
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

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    Thanks! Luckily I still have my transcript but having this document will be easier to forward to the HR folks.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Falcon is spot on. Some HRs have worked with this and others have not. It seems to have been hit and miss for my friends and I depending on the agency. If took my buddy recently a few months to get this straightened all out, but she works for a small agency. Also if someone has an Expeditionary Medal for OIF, OEF or others I believe that qualifies them for max vacation accrual rates from Day 1. Can't remember specifics on that as it has been a long time, but there was something along those lines too.
     

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