Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Mandatory retirement

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Q. As a federal agent with 6c coverage, do I have to achieve 20 years of service *on* the day I turn 57, or can I achieve 20 years of service *during* the year I turn 57? For example, could I achieve 20 years of service in the sixth month of the year I turn 57, so long as I retire during my 57th year of age with 20 years of service? Everything I see says I have to achieve 20 years at age 57.

A. You appear to be asking about the rules for mandatory retirement. If you have completed 20 years of service, you must be separated on the last day of the month in which you reach age 57. If you have reached age 57 and haven’t completed the required 20 years of service, you must be separated on the last day of the month in which you complete 20 years of service.

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