Military furlough and high-3


Q. I am a federal technician in the Air National Guard. I am in my last year of work as a GS-12, step 10. This will be my highest paid full year when it is complete. If I go on three months of orders and take a military furlough, will this still be counted as my highest tenured year according to the pay chart? Or is it actually on monies earned that counts toward my high-3?

A. You will get full credit for that time, but only if you make a deposit to the retirement fund for that period of active-duty service when you return to your civilian job.


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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

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