2010-2011 Savings Bond Rates

Before the advent of the Uniform Services Thrift Savings Plan, servicemembers often invested in U.S. Savings bonds. As a rule the TSP has seen greater rates of return, but it carries a greater level of risk, especially in the current market.

Those who seek a safer way to invest still have access to purchasing U.S. Savings Bonds. The Treasury Dept. announced the earnings rates for Series I Savings Bonds (.74 percent) and Series EE Savings Bonds (.6 percent), issued from November 2010 through April 2011.

Learn more about the new rates for both Series I and Series EE bonds.

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Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for Military.com, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • Djetzel1940

    Congress and the Senate, the Government as a whole are making a big mistake by demeaning our military by hitting them where it truly hurts…IN THEIR WALLET. It demonstrates a total lack of respect, importance and appreciation for their service. Many Humvees were used without proper armor on them in order to save money. What a disgrace! Only after great loss of life from IED’s did they opt for armor on them and the list goes on and on. Now you want to insult us by spitting in our face so to speak. These young folks are going to learn that a career in the military is certainly not the way to go by watching the treatment of retirees like me not getting COLA raises for two or so years. I was screwed out of my GI Bill for education effective December 31, 1989. I was in the 307th Medical Bn., 82nd Airborne Div, and Special Forces, not that it matters obviously. All I can say is, thanks for the memories, I mean nightmares.

  • Dread

    Maybe we should just work for free (slave labor) what a concept that would be. Everyone here just needs to be aware that it is a privilege to wear the uniform from the lowest bidder and only use equipment or services from approved sources. Just look at the outstanding services that have been provided to us from KBR to IBIZ, what great programs. (What a JOKE!!!) If the average American truly knew what was going on they would revolt against this insanity. So much waste is incurred by private contractors and so called approved vendors that it would resolve the majority of the shortfall all on its own. Most soldiers currently know what is going on but only think “man if I could score one of those sweet gigs I would be the F***out of here in a heartbeat.” It is an honor to serve but the way of the world is not about HONOR but the OLE MIGHTY BUCK!!! Hopefully they will not take pay away from the few that have stepped up to serve our great nation.

  • Us7091mc

    What cut the military pay, you got to be kidding me, for the work that the american people require our military to do, why dont we cut the DOE funding. Do you know how much they pay there secuirty forces? Look it up you may be surprised. Comment from a retired Marine.

  • Austin

    I retired fromthe army “infantry”. Given the number of hours you work when in the field or when deployed, we work cheep! Ask congress to eat cold food, drink warm water, and sleep on the ground with no heat or AC.

  • Ebyrd0376

    Guy and girls, I am retired and have been for many years, Its very funny that they cannot pay you according to your counterpart here in Civvy life, But they can give their selves an $ 8,000 a year raise, I wonder if someone were continuing to shoot at them and they ghad to eat MRI’s would they be asking for more money to do the job

    Sgt Byrd USA Retired


    For all U.S service men and women, serving in all Branches of the military, Active, Army, Reserve and National Guard and Reserve who are serving on active duty. All the comments that I have read concerning, 1. No cost of living increase, 2. Tricaare increase, 3,Shortining retirement age. etc,. The PLan truth, you have been SCAMMED, ALL THESE YEARS, GOOD LUCK. A SCAMMER IS HARD TO STOP.

  • Irving Cobb

    I would have to agree, I (we all) were told many things BEFORE we sing on the line. Since that time we all have been standing in line for one thing or another . Waiting for a COLA to raise or help with Tricare, and after I got sick I got ttred of waiting on tricare I got in line with Social Security but I had to pay in order to continue reciveing Tricare. Who knew ? Mabey just mabey I would have been better off just walking a-way like some of my friends did back in the late 60″s..

  • john fisher

    i need the contact number for the saving bonds

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  • J.G.

    My husband all total committed himself to the US Armed forces for 9 days shy of 43 years. And there are tons VETS soldiers who have retired and in my opinion NO one in the military or retired should ever have to take a cut for any reason. Every soldier or Vet has paid their dues and the price and for so many that lost their lives but their families remain – the idea of cutting costs with the anyone active or retired should be made to suffer. Those who should take cuts are the Senate and the Congress. But never the Military. What this current administration is attempting to do is to STRIPE America and Americans of all that they worked and strived for while they ( government ) reap the benefits or those who live in the US who are not legal yet get every benefit without having worked or paid a single dime. The no COLA is absurd on all levels. Yet those in government give themselves raises all the time. An elective official should not be given carte blanche. They work for us, not the other way around. We need to have more wake up and make our voices here and it needs to be done soon, because day in and day out they are chipping away at the very foundation and principle that America was founded upon. If they continue to NOT give us COLA or Social Security raises and keep hiking taxes hard working people who have aged to retirement and so many others will loose their homes, autos etc. How much more are we supposed to take until we say, ‘enough is enough’? If we are lucky come January 2012 we just might get a measly 1.8 COLA increase far less then the past. What I am really saying is that we need stop being raped by the greedy! Happy 4 th I am re reading our Great Constitution over this holiday weekend.

  • MLG

    When I was drafted into the Marine Corps, in Boot Camp we were all told that we would buy a Savings Bond every month. But since we were being paid in cash, we had NO RECORD OF THIS ! 1969 to 1970 Also we were told that when we got out, that all we need to do was contact the financial department in Kansas City, Missouri and claim our SAVING BONDS. I and several of my fellow Marines have done this and were told: WE HAVE NO RECORDS OF YOU BUYING THESE BONDS ! So did we purchase them and someone steal the money or WHAT ??? WHO DO WE BELIEVE ???