U.S. Defense Health Agency employees experience satisfying careers while enjoying the freedom of flexible work schedules and opportunities to grow professionally.

Excellent Employee Benefits

  • Secure work environments with free parking
  • Student Loan Repayment Program – up to $10,000 annually towards a degree and a maximum of $60,000 for any one employee, or $3,000 towards training.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness – forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer
  • Leave Sharing Programs - allow transfer of leave between co-workers in need
  • Transportation subsidy for public transportation and carpools
  • Health & Fitness – military installations have well-equipped fitness centers available at no cost to civilian employees
  • Tax-free on-base shopping – civilian employees have access to shopping on military installations, including gas stations, convenience stores, and department stores (BX/PX)
  • Discounted Leisure & Travel – DoD employee have access to discounted tickets to amusement parks, local sporting events, and Armed Forces recreations programs. Outdoor equipment rentals - trailers, kayaks, skis, etc.
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • ChildCare Aware referral program

Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS)

  • Vesting after 5 years of creditable civilian service
  • Retirement annuity based on length of service, age and salary
  • Military service may be credited toward FERS
  • Eligible survivor and disability benefits after 18 months of civilian service
  • Earn Social Security credit while working for the Government

Health Benefits

  • DoD contributes up to 75% to premiums
  • Coverage for self & eligible family members
  • Opportunity to retain coverage into retirement with full government contributions
  • Opportunity to continue coverage for dependents
  • 200+ health plan options throughout the U.S

Leave & Holidays

  • 11 paid holidays
  • 13 days of sick leave with no carryover ceiling
  • Accrue 13, 20 or 26 days of vacation leave depending upon years of service
  • Carry up to 30 days of vacation leave into the next calendar year
  • Up to 80 hours of paid administrative leave per year for physical fitness
  • Up to 12 weeks of paid Parental Leave for birth, adoption or foster care after 12 months of employment 
  • Up to 104 hours of paid leave for disabled veterans during first year as Federal Civilian 

Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Paid with pre-tax dollars 
  • Save money on a variety of eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses

Thrift Savings Plan

  • Largest single defined contribution plan in the U.S., similar to 401(k) plans
  • DoD matching contributions up to 5%
  • Traditional pre-tax and/or Roth (after-tax) contributions
  • Supplement for your FERS retirement annuity

Long-term Care Insurance

  • Multiple plans available
  • Covers long-term care due to a chronic illness, injury, disability or aging
  • Comprehensive range of services available
  • Comprehensive choice of carriers and services
  • Competitive rates
  • Premiums paid with pre-tax dollars
  • Coverage for self & eligible family members
  • Competitive rates
  • Plans for self and eligible family members

Dental & Vision

  • Comprehensive choice of carriers and services
  • Competitive rates
  • Premiums paid with pre-tax dollars
  • Coverage for self & eligible family members

The work-life balance you need. The benefits you deserve.

Federal Benefits DHA Civilian Employees

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