Welcome To The Military Guide, We're Here To Help You On The Journey To Financial Independence 

Achieving Financial Independence is a lot easier if you’re going to be collecting a military retirement, but you can do it without one. It happens when you have enough savings to support your lifestyle. If you have a big lifestyle then you'll need lots of savings! If you live a simple & frugal life then you can become financially independent with less. Are you ready for us to show you how?

Check out Our Latest Posts:

“What Happens At USAA’s DigitalMilEx”… We’ll Tell You About It.
I’m invited to USAA DigitalMilEx Conference again! This year it’s next week (26-27 October) at a San Antonio hotel near their[...]
How to Smartly Use the USAA Career Starter Loan
(Nords note:  I'd like to thank Spencer for mentioning that it was hard to search my blog posts by just[...]
Should You Choose The Military’s New Blended Retirement System?
In January of 2018, the military retirement system as we know it will cease to exist. Instead, service members who[...]
USAA’s Digital Shift Is Saving Millions Of Dollars
[Nords note: I'm in San Diego at the Sheraton Marina Hotel for Digital CoLab and FinCon16. If you're in the[...]
Why Military Retirees Keep Working
A reader posted a forum comment about his co-workers: I'm always intrigued when I hear about recently retired military personnel[...]
The Proposed 2017 Military Pay Chart
1.6% Pay Raise Coming In 2015 President Obama recently sent a letter to congress echoing his support for the 1.6% military[...]
The New DA Pam 623-3
Updated on 19 October, 2016 Department of the Army Pamphlet 623-3 Evaluation Reporting System Download: DA Pam 623-3 This pamphlet[...]
A Retired Sailor, Recommends 50 of the Best Personal Finance Books Ever Written
This list was compiled from the recommendations of dozens of veterans and their families. I've personally read or used all[...]
How To Calculate A Reserve Retirement
In response to a question from a reader, Doug originally created and published this post in 2012. The sender was[...]
Earning Both A Military Pension And A Civil-Service Pension
  A reader asks: I served 14 years of active duty and six years in the National Guard. I received[...]
Using Reserve & Guard Retirement Calculators To Estimate Your Military Pension
 A reader writes: There used to be a great National Guard Retirement Calculators the Army put out– you enter your[...]
Will The Military Pay Off Your Student Loans
Are you considering an enlistment, for military student loan repayment options? When you're facing a mountain of student debt and[...]
5 Factors You Should Consider When Evaluating the Survivor Benefit Plan
The Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) is one one of the most debated topics for transitioning service members. It is a[...]
Do You Really Need Dental Insurance?
When you're on active duty, dental insurance seems essential. After all, most of us grew up visiting the dentist every[...]
What You Need To Know About National Guard Retirement
Retiring from the Reserves or National Guard is more flexible than retiring from active duty. In the vast majority of[...]
The Next “Military Guide” Book
  Some of you know that I write a lot: creating blog posts, drafting the next book, answering reader questions,[...]
What Happens After Your VA Disability Claim Has Been Approved
    The Veterans Administration approved my "fully developed" disability claim-- in less than three months of processing. This post[...]
Using USAA’s Financial Readiness Score
  It's been eight months since USAA launched their Financial Readiness Score service, and I took the opportunity for a[...]