The Thrift Savings Plan

At the outset, the military chose to call its plan “TSP-UNISERV,” but it is increasingly referred to simply as “TSP,” similar to its civil service equivalent. If a person has simultaneous or consecutive military and civil service employment, the interplay between the two plans can be complex. It is usually possible to combine the accounts, but it takes a specific application to do so, and tax-exempt military contributions ( i.e., those made as a result of a combat zone tax exclusion) in a military TSP account may not be transferred to a civilian TSP account.

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