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U = Uniformed Services

Who Is Eligible to Participate in the TSP?

Most employees of the United States Government are eligible to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan. You are eligible if you are:

If you are not certain which retirement system you are covered under, you should check with your personnel or benefits office.

In addition to being covered by an eligible retirement system, you must also be:

  • Actively employed by the Federal Government as a civilian employee or as a member of the uniformed services,
  • In pay status, in order to contribute, and
  • Working full- or part-time.

Beneficiary Participants

Spouse beneficiaries of deceased civilian or uniformed services TSP participants will have a TSP account set up in their own name if their share of the account is $200 or more.

The TSP has certain rules and forms that apply specifically to you. For more details visit Beneficiary Participants.