Overseas Return Rights

DEFINITION OF RETURN RIGHTS:

A Return Rights Agreement is an employment agreement between the employee and the Agency. This agreement allows for the employee's position (or a like position) to be held for their return from the overseas area for a period of five (5) years.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR RETURN RIGHTS:

Career and career-conditional employees in the competitive service who are employed in the United States or in a nonforeign area and who accept an assignment in a foreign area or in a nonforeign area different from the one in which they are currently employed shall be granted statutory return rights in accordance with 10 USC 1586 for a period of 5 years if continuously employed in a foreign or nonforeign area. This policy:

  1. Applies whether the employee moves to a position with the same DoD Component or with a different DoD Component.
  2. Applies to both the initial movement and any subsequent movement within the 5-year period (e.g., the employee initially moves to a position with the same DoD Component, and subsequently moves to another foreign area position with a different DoD Component).
  3. Does not apply to employees assigned to nonappropriated fund positions.