The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

Monday February 13, 2006

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a government-sponsored savings and investment program that offers tax-deferred opportunities similar to the civilian sector's 401 (k) plan. All Soldiers have the opportunity to participate in TSP at any time.

The TSP offers L Funds or Lifecycle Funds which provide a time-targeted professionally determined investment mix among the individual TSP funds. The L Funds are ideal for Soldiers who don't have the knowledge or time to devote to managing investments among the TSP funds.

For the Soldier's that want to manage their own account, TSP offers five individual funds. The Soldier can choose one or more funds and decide what percentage to invest in each.

Important information regarding TSP accounts:

- The TSP account belongs to the Soldier. A Soldier may start, stop or change contribution amounts at anytime and change investments among the TSP funds.

- Soldiers can transfer money from other eligible employer 401(k) type plans or individual retirement accounts (IRAs) to their TSP account.

- If a Soldier is age 50 or older, he/she can make catch-up contributions.

- Soldiers may borrow from their account. The amount borrowed is repaid through payroll deduction.

- Although soldiers may not make a full withdrawal of their TSP account while still an active military member, under certain circumstances, an in-service withdrawal for financial hardship or age-based withdrawal may be available.

- Soldiers are given a choice of withdrawal options after they separate. They don't have to withdraw their money, but leave it in to compound earnings for future use in retirement years.

To open an account, go to my pay website. Once a Soldier signs into myPay, he or she can select the TSP option to start, change, or stop contributions. Soldiers may also submit Form TSP-U-1 (a copy can be downloaded from the TSP Web site at www.tsp.gov) through their finance office.

For additional information:
www.tsp.gov
my pay
The Thrift Savings Plan
http://www.defenselink.mil/militarypay/tsp/

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