An "obligated" position is one to which an employee has statutory restoration rights based on active military service, compensable injury or disability when fully recovered, or return rights based on having served an overseas tour(s). Obligated positions may also cover employees who have been on extended leave without pay under certain circumstances.
When a position is obligated to an employee it means that he/she has entitlements to that position. During the obligation period, the manager has the option of filling the position on a temporary or permanent basis. In filling the obligated position, the selected employee is required to sign an agreement acknowledging that he/she is aware of the obligation and accepts the fact that he/she may be displaced under reduction in force procedures at a later time.