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Tag: Retirement

Retire at 17 years of service or 20?

    I read another good question on a Linkedin group: I am a Marine O-4 who has been passed for promotion and is looking for some advice on early retirement. I will have 17 years  of active duty by the time I am eligible for the early retirement next year. I am a pilot with experience in operations and ...

Congress changes military careers and retirements

The last post summarizes the latest gloomy news about drawdowns and possible changes to the military retirement system. It's full of links covering each of the service's proposals to cut both active duty members and civil servants. It's a daunting task. The question isn't "what" will be cut, but rather "how much". ...

DoD panel proposes new retirement system

By now many of you have seen the scary headlines: "Dump the Military Retirement System?" "No more 20-year rule?" "DoD panel calls for radical retirement overhaul" In my opinion these headlines are the military equivalent of the same scare tactics you can get from the financial media. Imagine if CNBC or the Wall ...

Top posts

In the last nine months we've put up over 100 posts-- thanks for your questions & suggestions! Let's look at the statistics. Wordpress only maintains individual stats on each & every post for a month, but I've kept track of the posts that went up on the days the blog had over 100 hits. Some of the April & ...

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 ...

The Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan

This earlier post describes the SBP and its options, as well as the pros and cons of buying it for your survivors. If you landed here from a search engine or some other link then I'd recommend reading the previous two posts before proceeding with this one. Some of the references and links in this post include ...