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8irdman  
#1 Posted : Thursday, January 2, 2020 4:19:58 PM(UTC)
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Hello folks, long time lurker, first time poster. I started my federal career as a GS 9 IT Specialist this summer. I have also been planning on joining the Air Force Reserve (former active duty army vet). I am trying to plan for what changes will come with that, mainly pay during tech school. I have read that you get 15 days of military leave per year with a maximum of 15 days carried over from previous years. I have also read about the reservist differential pay, but was unsure if that was only applicable to activations or if it applied to schools and trainings. Can someone else who is doing both explain how those things work, or otherwise enlighten me about the pros and cons of leading dual careers this way?
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:12:28 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: 8irdman Go to Quoted Post
Hello folks, long time lurker, first time poster. I started my federal career as a GS 9 IT Specialist this summer. I have also been planning on joining the Air Force Reserve (former active duty army vet). I am trying to plan for what changes will come with that, mainly pay during tech school. I have read that you get 15 days of military leave per year with a maximum of 15 days carried over from previous years. I have also read about the reservist differential pay, but was unsure if that was only applicable to activations or if it applied to schools and trainings. Can someone else who is doing both explain how those things work, or otherwise enlighten me about the pros and cons of leading dual careers this way?


There are two types of military leave, the 15 days plus another 22 days for certain activations. You are correct, you can carry over 120 hours from year to year. The leave is credited as of the FISCAL year, which is 10/01 each year.

I did not get any differential pay when I was in basic training or A-school for 3 months. I used my accumulated leave and some LWOP throughout that time. You do get full BAH, family SEP, and all the other entitlements during the school, so the military pay is decent during that time even for E3 or E4. Any time you have a federal holiday during your school, you will get paid for that time from the FEDs as well.

The OPM website has a ton of information on all of the specifics around reserve/guard service for federal employees if you dig around on their website. Your specific agency may also have some unique policies which you would be able to find on internal resources for your agency. The IRS has a group of people in Admin that are responsible for coordinating reservists paperwork, I suspect your agency will have the same thing but you will have to find it.

Pros - will depend on your job responsibilities, but the FED is very flexible with work. Borders on supportive in many agencies. Once you are in for awhile and you start accumulating a lot more leave, there is a lot of double-dipping on the pay that can happen.

Cons - I don't have many, but my unit also doesn't deploy except voluntarily (unless there is a natural disaster locally.) I will say that Mondays after a drill weekend kind of suck, especially if you are there late. BUT we also get sick time and so I do use that somewhat frequently. Deploying or doing ADT when you don't have leave can cost you money depending on what grade you are in. For me, deploying without any leave to burn is actually going to cost me money, which I don't love. The nice thing is we do get differential if we are activated involuntarily. Differential is a comparison between total compensation and federal comp though, so generally there isnt' much differential unless you're a higher graded employee.

I should say, my job is also very independent and offers more freedom to participate in the reserves than some others. No one relies on my work to get done in a real sense and the timelines for my projects are very long so unless I get deployed for 12+ months, it doesn't affect my job, and even then, it's a very limited impact.

You can let me know if you have other specific questions.

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