Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Mandatory retirement age

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Q. Is there a rule that says a federal employee must retire from federal employment? In other words, if a person chooses to, could they work until they die? This question applies to a person who is 57, has no retirement plan and has been a federal employee for two years and so will never build up any reasonable retirement.

A. Only special category employees, such as a law enforcement officers or firefighters, are subject to mandatory retirement at a specific age. Other employees aren’t. If you are one of the latter, you can work until the paramedics carry you out in a body bag.

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  1. Brian Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Air Reserve Technicians also fall under special category employees and are force to retire at their HYT in the Reserves when they meet the civilian requirements to retire or mandatorily at age 60, which ever comes first.