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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Navajo Area

Comparison of Civil Service and Commissioned Corps Benefits

There are two personnel systems used by the Navajo Area of the IHS, that of Civil Service and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. The following section describes the benefits of the two systems. Salary structures for medical, nursing, dental, and pharmacy are different and vary by job description and years of training and experience so they must be quoted per individual. All federal employees are covered for malpractice insurance under the Tort Claims Act for activities performed in the course of Government duties.

Civil Service

Civil service is the United States government civilian personnel system.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be in good physical health,
  • Must be licensed in one of the 50 states.
Benefits
  • Contributory retirement and health program,
  • Pension consists of three parts:
    • Government contributes 1% of salary,
    • Social Security, and a Keogh Plan whereby the employee can contribute up to 10% of pre-tax salary with the government increasing their 1% contribution matching up to 5%
  • Portable Pension,
  • Ability to retire at age 57 or greater after 30 years, at age 60 with 20 years and age 62 with 5 years of service,
  • 13, 20 or 26 days vacation days, depending on years of service, plus 10 federal holidays; 13 sick days per year,
  • Choice of contributory medical plans.
  • Moving expenses usually paid.
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Commissioned Corps

The commissioned corps is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States government.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen,
  • Must be under 44 years of age,
  • Must be in good physical health,
  • Must have graduated from an accredited school,
  • Must be licensed in any state.
Benefits
  • Non-contributory pension;
  • Ability to retire after 20 years of service regardless of age;
  • 30 vacation days annually, plus 10 federal holidays;
  • Sick leave granted as needed, including 6 weeks of maternity leave;
  • Non-contributory comprehensive health and dental care for officer and dependents;
  • Social Security Benefits;
  • Non-taxable housing allowance, variable housing and subsistence allowance;
  • Moving expenses paid for officer and dependents;
  • VA benefits, after two years service, including home mortgages and educational benefits (the GI Bill must be selected or declined when called to duty and must be used within ten years of separation)
  • Commissary privileges, PX privileges and space-available transportation at military installations; and
  • Deferment of student loans for three years (at discretion of loan agency).
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