By Reg Jones
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.
August 13th, 2013 at 7:25 am
I returned from mobilization/deployment (OIF) and back to my FERS LEO job. When you buy-back your mobilized time in this situation, as opposed to your military time prior to federal employment, you are paying based on what you would have earned as a LEO, not based on military salary. So USSERA says the mob time counts for retirement as continuous employment – and once you have paid into the FERS/LEO retirement system – it counts as part of high-3 – what you would have earned…. As explained to me by the HR folks.