High-3 and mobilization


Q. I am a federal law enforcement employee in the last few years of my federal service before retirement. I am mobilized under Title 10 in the reserves. Is my high-3 calculated upon the salary I would have received had I stayed employed continually as a federal employee or at the military salary that I buy the federal retirement back at? Worded another way, do they strictly calculate the pension on federal salary? I am mobilized more than six months in a calendar year.

A. It would be calculated as if you were still on the job, but only if you make a deposit to get credit for that period of active-duty service. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t get any credit for that time.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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