Posted on Jun 8, 2015
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Just trying to find out opinions on when you should actively start planning for your retirement from active duty? Soon as you start your career, 10 year mark, 15 year mark or right before you retire? What kinds of measures did you take to aid you in this process?
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CSM Michael J. Uhlig
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Start early, hard to beat compounding interest....remember the story about the ant & the grasshopper? BE THE ANT!
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CW4 (Join to see) got to my first unit station in June and set my TSP in August. I keep changing it to see how it fits better my plans. Last thing I did, I stopped my Traditional TSP and kept the Roth one. What I did was, put some change in and when I finished paying the mandatory year of GI Bill I raised it to the same amount that was taken before, so it didn't hurt.
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That is exactly my plan, once I start ranking up, the percentage will be going up as well. Right now I have it at 6% but it will go up to 10%, at least that's my plan for the near future. CW4 (Join to see)
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Also Sir, from another TSP discussion, https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/recomendations-to-allocate-tsp-contributions, I copy this to my allocations from CW4 Gary S. "I've been a C !0%, S 20%, I 70% guy for 15 years. It's done pretty well.

I put in 10% of base pay and 100% of all special pay." I have to admit that I don't know how it has work yet but if it has work for him, I guess it will work for me. CW4 (Join to see)
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@CW4 Gary Smith, Thats great info to know, thanks for sharing.
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CW4 Gary S. well, I guess I'll be doing some changes Sir.
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MSgt Brian Welch
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I planned on working for myself after my military career. I started honing my skills in woodworking and buying equipment 10 years prior. I spent around $100K for the business equipment over the course of the 10 years and had it paid for before I walked out the door. That time was also spent "testing the waters" and refining my business plan. It served me well.

Here's a sample of the work I do making plaques from inlaid wood veneer.
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MSgt Brian Welch
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TSgt David L. Very nice. Like all things nothing is for everyone. Sometimes it's the price, some times it just isn't their thing. In my business I have enough work to keep up with and glad they don't suit everyone. I think work like your would do well on Etsy, have you tried it?
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TSgt David L.
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No I haven't tried ebay yet MSgt Brian Welch . I would have to actually work to make enough, and like you say, I'm glad they aren't for everyone so far. :-)
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MSgt Brian Welch
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TSgt David L. not Ebay... Etsy... It's a handmade craft site.
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TSgt David L.
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Oh. Never heard of it MSgt Brian Welch. I'm sure the OL has been there though... LOL
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