She's got 34 years in so she can go anytime she wants... and she makes $150,000 a year, and has a paid off house and all that, so she's financially ready to retire. She's planning to retire early next year, I think. Not sure what her plan is for after retirement. She recently called the retirement office to request a "retirement statement" which shows what her retirement pay and all that will be, and was told it would take six months to get it, so she told them she was taking "voluntary early retirement" (which is being used as a cost-savings initiative in the government right now - offering early retirement to reduce the workforce, thus reducing salary expenses), which is supposed to speed up the process of getting her statement to only six weeks, I think. So... I suppose she's ready to leave at any time. She won't tell anyone her age (although I could look in her personnel jacket to find out if I wanted to) but we estimate she's between 52 and 55. I can only hope I'm as financially stable and at a place to retire at 55!!