Saving While Deployed: The Savings Deposit Program

In a previous article, I discussed two powerful tools that servicemembers have for retirement preparation: the US Military Pension and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).  In this article, I'll cover one more: the Department of Defense Savings Deposit Program (SDP).

The SDP is a zero-risk savings account with a guaranteed 10% interest rate on deposits up to $10,000, only available to members of the uniformed services deployed in designated combat zones and receiving Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay (HFP/IDP).

If you're eligible, this is the best deal in town.


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