Many military spouses work as teachers. And in some states, they don't pay into Social Security. If that applies to you or you work in another government job where you don't or didn't pay into Social Security, you need to understand how the Government Pension Offset (GPO) could affect your Social Security spousal and survivor benefits.
Many retired military officers want to contribute to a Roth IRA while working. The problem is that often their income is too high to contribute to a Roth. There is a work around, but if you have a Traditional IRA or if you roll TSP to an IRA, it doesn't work like you may think.
If you served in the military between 1957 and 2001 your Social Security benefits may be "beefed up". In most cases the adjustment will be automatic. But just like in your military career, Trust but Verify.
If you have employer stock in your 401(k) you have options on how you take it out. A lot of defense contractors do offer company stock in a 401(k). If you're a retired military officer that has company stock in your 401(k), you need to understand Net Unrealized Appreciation.
Whether you're a junior officer covered by the Blended Retirement System (BRS) and contributing to TSP or a retired officer participating in a 401(k), you should understand how different types of retirement plans affect each other.
During your military career it is likely that you contributed to an IRA or maybe TSP. If you did, some of the rules affecting how you take money out from your or an inherited account are likely to change.
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