MC, we both know good and well 4 to 5 years of making $500K would set us up for life! After taxes, you'd clear around $300K, meaning we (military guys) could put away close to $200K/year.....and if we could do that for 5 years on top of pension and TSP? Wow! My goal is to work for 4 to 7 years after retirement (which is about 13 months away) and put away 100% of the pension and VA supplement (I'm assuming at least 50%, possibly up to 70%).....and live off the new job salary. I figure I'll put away $300k-400k, on top of maxing out TSP (over 50 years old). It just blows my mind how much money some people can blow through. ($500K/year = about $25K+ per month net).