Tag: bridge career

Military retirement lessons learned

A friend's spouse retired from the military a little over a year ago, and I asked them to review "The Military Guide". This relatively new retiree has a shadowbox full of awards and medals. They didn't make E-9 (or O-9) but they were on the short list. Their military pension is well into five figures. A typical bridge ...

Will you work after military retirement?

    (You're reading today's post while I'm starting the USAA blogger conference.  Sorry, I won't be livecasting to Facebook or Twitter every 10 minutes-- I'll be paying attention to the speakers and asking good questions!  I'll also try to have a conference wrapup post ready to go for Monday.) ...

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 ...

Retiring on multiple streams of income

This topic isn't tied to "The Military Guide" chapter on the Reserve/National Guard, but those military retirees frequently confront a retirement consisting of multiple sources of income. Veterans who retire from active duty will go straight to a pension, but Reservists/NG have to find some other source of cash ...

Where do you live after you leave the military?

I try to plan these posts a week or so in advance, and I've been following "The Military Guide" table of contents. (Of course there are detailed discussions and analyses in the book which are too long & complex for this blog-- you'll only be able to read those if you get the book!) Occasionally I'll change the ...

Six months before retirement…

Ideally by six months before retirement the big decisions have been made. The rest is "just" a matter of executing your plans and handling the surprises. Before you start into your checklist details, take a moment to review your progress. By now you and your family have discussed the complicated issues. While ...