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Early retirement and the kid’s college fund

Early retirement and the kid’s college fund

This is another perennial (and heated) topic on discussion boards like Early-Retirement.org and Bogleheads.org. I'll try to distill years of debate (and thousands of posts) into the most popular suggestions. Before we get into the mechanics of saving & investing the college fund, let's figure out why you'd want ...

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Getting “the job call”

Getting “the job call”

"The Military Guide" blog has reached 100 posts!  Thanks to everyone who's read and commented over the last eight months.  I think my military skills & discipline will keep this going for another year or five, so tell your friends! On with today's post: One of my shipmates mentioned a few weeks ago that ...

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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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