Q. Is it possible to use my military basic pay instead of my federal salary to determine my high 3 for federal annuity calculations? If I make my military deposit for federal credit, can I use the higher military pay to calculate my high 3? I am a Customs and Border Protection officer on leave without pay, and I went on active duty military for three years.
A: No, you can’t. By law your high-3 is based solely on your highest three consecutive years of civilian basic pay.