Law Enforcement

Special Role Within Federal Service

Law enforcement officers serve a special role within federal service and therefore are categorized as special provision employees.

These are generally considered jobs with everyday high risk/stress situations. Because of the demands on them, they are eligible for earlier retirement. In order to compensate for less time in the system, they pay more into their pensions and receive more matching from the federal government.

Other professions that are eligible for early retirement without penalty: Firefighters, Nuclear materials couriers, Customs & Border Protection Officers, Supreme Court police officers, Capitol Police officers & Air Traffic Controllers


Eligibility Requirements For Early Retirement

  • Retirement at or after Age 50 with at least 25 years of creditable
    federal service. 20 years of this service MUST be service under
    special provision i.e. Law Enforcement, ATC, or Firefighter years. The other five can be generic federal service or even military time that has been “bought back”.
  • Retirement at any age with 25 years of creditable Federal Special service.


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