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if I get deployed and all my income is non-taxable

Well, when I was deployed (Navy) my income was taxed and I could not figure out how to escape it!!! It was not considered foreign income and so did not fall under the exclusion. Dang the bad luck.

Unless you know your tax situation when you are retired and are drawing out the money, I would equally contribute to TSP and Roth! There are advantages, or hedges, in both and which is better will only be know down the road. IF you have a good idea about your tax bracket and what Congress will do between now and then, you can adjust which you contribute first. But, in the unknown - equal.

Here is the publication for last year 2004. Not sure where the new one is. But maybe some one in CC or JAG can get you up to date.

Also - thank you!
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