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Vanq2419  
#1 Posted : Friday, September 10, 2021 11:38:56 AM(UTC)
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Hello everyone, i know this question has been asked a few times in different ways so let me be one more. If i were to leave federal service as a GS-5 to go and obtain experience and education on the outside for another position in the federal government that required all that (different field)...say i was out 3 to 5 years...the highest grade i could apply for is a GS-7? Is there no time limit where you are out that takes you out of the system? Just curious, thanks.
frankgonzalez  
#2 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2021 3:34:02 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Vanq2419 Go to Quoted Post
Hello everyone, i know this question has been asked a few times in different ways so let me be one more. If i were to leave federal service as a GS-5 to go and obtain experience and education on the outside for another position in the federal government that required all that (different field)...say i was out 3 to 5 years...the highest grade i could apply for is a GS-7? Is there no time limit where you are out that takes you out of the system? Just curious, thanks.
You will always be in the system. However, you can always apply to jobs open to the public at higher grades as long as you don't try to use GS5 work to qualify.

Now whether you have reinstatement rights will depend on how long you have been with the Feds as a civil servant. Only a couple of years...well, then you only have a few years to use that eligibility. Been with Uncle Sam for a decade? Lifetime reinstatement eligibility, but then you are only able to use it for GS5 and applying to GS7 positions. You will still be able to apply to those announcements that are open to everyone.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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