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All pros and no cons.
You get 6 weeks of paid vacation in between every assignment. Also, during assignments, you get both local and US holidays (a lot of 3 day weekends), in addition to about 4-6 weeks off each year.
It's fairly standard for the federal government. Some bureaus within the department are better than others at compensating for overtime work with comp time.
after 3 years of service, the vacation and leave is great!
Vacation time increases the longer that you're there and many managers can be flexible. However, leave can almost always be cancelled for emergencies.
The Department offers paid vacation/leave. Here is the formula rate of hours for vacation: Less than 3 years of federal service: 4 hours per pay period; 3 years or more federal service: 6 hours per pay period; 15 years+ years of federal service: 8 hours per pay period
Best: Fast accrual of annual, sick, and home leave. Worst: Not too many opportunities to take annual leave; home leave is mandated by Congress between foreign assignments.
worst thing? you rarely have time to use it all
18 days per year after 3 years....
You earn time OFF as you serve time ON... It is yours to use if you have it or lose it if you don't.