I have 10 years of military experience in this job, recently switched from active duty to reserve and I want to get paid close to what I was paid in the military which is comparable to my leadership experience.
Hi! It's always worth trying to negotiate for a higher step when offered a new position. However, whether or not you can negotiate a higher step in your case may depend on the specific policies and regulations of your agency.
In general, the federal government has regulations in place that govern how promotions and step increases are determined. These regulations are meant to ensure fairness and consistency across the government.
That being said, there may be some flexibility in terms of negotiating a higher step if you can demonstrate that you have unique qualifications or experience that are particularly relevant to the position. In your case, your military experience and leadership skills may be valuable assets that could help you make a case for a higher step.
It's important to approach the negotiation process professionally and respectfully. You can make a case for why you believe you should be offered a higher step, but be prepared to provide evidence to support your argument. Ultimately, the decision about whether to offer a higher step will be up to your agency, but it doesn't hurt to ask.