The financial advantages of enlisting in the United States Military are numerous; there are benefits in pay and allotments, and the different active duty and post military support programs for education. But one of the plans that aids Servicemembers and their dependants while on Active Duty, and after they end their service or go into the Reserves is the Thrift Savings Plan. This is a plan that has been set up by Congress and the US Government, and it is designed to be a lifetime sponsored savings plan for Servicemembers.
It is one program created to encourage savings on the part of military Servicemembers for their retirement and for their individual long-term usage. It offers a method of government support in financial savings, and it is designed for usage of Servicemembers to benefit from and to use.
For many years members of the United States Military requested that they have some type of military savings program, and after a number of years Congress and the government listened. The Thrift Savings plan has been adjusted and tweaks a lot over the years, the most recently in July 2007, where adjustments were made. The United States Government and Congress created it for members of the Armed Forces of the United States. The TSP Plan is an insured type of savings program that features matching funds that can be very lucrative to participate in. The program has investors across all 5 of the United States Armed Forces, and they amount to several million strong. The retirement plan is a tax deferred plan administrated by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. It is similar in operations to many different civilian type retirement and savings plans, such as civilian 401 (K) type savings plans. The government provides matching funds for Servicemembers that save through the TSP savings plan. The benefits for the Servicemember investor from the TSP program are linked to the amount that is set aside by the individual Servicemember. The matching contributions are made by the Federal Government to match the automatic type contributions to the overall savings plan. The military allows you to contribute up to the amount limited by law, or the IRS. The actual TSP operation is a lot like a civilian based 401 (k) retirement type savings plan.
The TSP plan is one that has been set up to benefit Servicemembers, and record keeping is minimal, the program does it and all records are kept for you. Your Savings are tax differed and this is an advantage, as after a person retires you will likely be in a significantly lower tax bracket than when you put the money into the TSP program.