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During retirement: Back to school?

During retirement: Back to school?

Now that you're enjoying a stimulating retirement and exploring new horizons, what about "back to school"? A surprising number of retirees seek out the classroom, especially if they feel obligated to extract every penny from their GI Bill benefits. Some see school as an opportunity to make up for lost time: the ...

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During retirement: The inevitable job offers

During retirement: The inevitable job offers

As you blissfully go about your daily retiree routine, you'll be blindsided by an epiphany: "Gosh, I could do THAT job!" The realization could be triggered by anything-- a clerk's fumbling efforts at the home-improvement store, a chance encounter with a battle buddy, a news item about an old wingman, or a job ...

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Forget about who you were and discover who you are

Forget about who you were and discover who you are

    That homily makes a great e-mail signature or bumper sticker, but it also carries a warning to a particular segment of veterans. The military excels at giving its members a ready-made identity: you're not an individual, you're part of a team. You take responsibility and behave at a higher ...

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The transition to a bridge career

The transition to a bridge career

  "The Military Guide" is full of advice and stories from dozens of servicemembers and veterans who hope that you'll benefit from sharing their experience. I don't tell their stories in the blog (you'll have to read the book!) but I'll post the stories that didn't make the manuscript. As you read this next ...

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The “fog of work”

The “fog of work”

This essay caps off the book's first seven chapters of ways to leverage your military career & benefits for financial independence and retirement. I wrote it after an exchange with Tomcat98 at Early-Retirement.org. We realized how often the daily grind of work gets in the way of planning, let alone recognizing ...

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Mobilizing with the Reserves and National Guard

Mobilizing with the Reserves and National Guard

When you're trying to balance the Reserves/NG with a civilian career, an extended deployment can be a crippling drawback-- or a unique opportunity. For active-duty servicemembers, deployments are just another part of the lifestyle that includes extensive support and assistance for both the deployer and their ...

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