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  • Combine Military and Federal Civilian TSP Accounts

    Readers of Tom Philpott's Military Update Column Sound Off I am retiring from the Air Force Reserve at the end of the month. I have contributed to the Reserve Thrift Savings Plan and am wondering what I should do with the funds in that account.  I am also a federal civilian employee and have a civilian TSP account. Can I transfer the reserve TSP funds to the civilian account? Can I continue to contribute to the Reserve TSP? JOHN SPENCER M... more

  • Retiree Burial Benefits

    Retired Col. Susan Myers, right, stands with her daughter Amelia Greene and salutes as the casket of her husband, Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, is carried by an honor guard during a burial service at, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    In general, retirees are not authorized mortuary benefits at Government expense by virtue of their retired status. They may, however, be authorized certain benefits due to another status. For example, a retiree employed as a Department of the Army civilian (DAC) could qualify for preparation of remains and shipment of remains from overseas by military aircraft. Military service could qualify a retiree for burial in a Government cemetery, a gra... more

  • Military Retiree Burial Benefits

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    Although it is not appealing to consider, as a retired servicemember it is important to know about your mortuary and burial benefits. This information can help you make plans for, and communicate your burial wishes. General In general, retirees are not authorized mortuary benefits at Government expense by virtue of their retired status. They may, however, be authorized certain benefits due to another status. For example, a retiree employed a... more

  • Military Retirement Pay Overview

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    Servicemembers who remain on active duty or serve in the Reserves or National Guard for twenty years or longer may retire and receive retired pay.  There are currently three retirement systems in existence choose from, depending on when you first entered active duty: If you entered the service: Prior to September 1980 you are eligible for the Final Pay retirement system. Between September 8th, 1980 and August 1986 you are eligibl... more

  • Retirement Decisions: The Survivor Benefit Plan

    The Survivor Benefit Plan is designed to provide on-going income for your spouse and minor children should you die before them. Videos on pre-retirement planning and the Survivor Benefit Plan may be available for viewing at home. Check with the closest military installation Transition/ACAP Office or Family Center. Also, check with your Unit Personnel Officer. The SBP can be very confusing. You and your spouse will need to learn as much ... more

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