This is a major question that federal employees ask themselves. Here are the basic guidelines to understanding eligibility:
Under FERS- at least 18 months of credible service as a career employee.
Under CSRS – at least 5 years of credible service as a career employee.
That is all that is required to file for a federal disability retirement. Your medical conditions and various conditions of employment will factor into the qualification process, but eligibility is fairly simple. Learn more about OPM disability at FederalDisability.com
If you feel overwhelmed by the whole process, it may be wise to seek counsel from an attorney who has experience with federal employee benefits. Contact us for a free consultation to find out what may be available to you.