Browsing Archive November, 2010
Construction Tour of the New USS ARIZONA Memorial Museums
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Construction Tour of the New USS ARIZONA Memorial Museums

So what do you do all day in early retirement? For starters, you can volunteer at the brand-new USS ARIZONA Memorial Visitor's Center. Spouse wangled a hardhat tour of the museums as they get ready for their 7 December opening on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. USS ARIZONA Memorial and Battleship ...

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Medical and dental exams
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Medical and dental exams

Next time you're chatting with a bunch of veterans, ask them how their discharge physicals went-- and listen to their groans of pain. But seriously, take a few minutes to ask these people what they wish they'd done differently during their physicals. Heed their advice and don't repeat their oversights! The basic ...

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Military Retirement and Discharge Paperwork
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Military Retirement and Discharge Paperwork

It shouldn't be so complicated in a paperless electronic military, but after you leave you're going to need a number of different pieces of paper for your own personal records. You'll have to keep track of some of them for the rest of your life, and they're almost impossible to correct or replace after you leave the ...

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I’m going to retire.  Now what?  (part 2 of 2)
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I’m going to retire. Now what? (part 2 of 2)

The first part of this post discussed when to file your retirement request and the big-picture items to consider for your finances, departure date, and medical/dental checks.  It also discussed how to spread the news among co-workers, friends, & family. Neither one of these posts is a detailed checklist-- your ...

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Lifestyles in Military Retirement:  Surfing
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Lifestyles in Military Retirement: Surfing

"Your assignment officer wants to send us to... Hawaii?!?" When we arrived here over 20 years ago, Hawaii seemed like a consolation prize for military who couldn't get orders to San Diego. Spouse and I spent our first eight years at duty stations on the East Coast and in Europe. Graduate school in Monterey, CA ...

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Military retirement: how much can I really spend?
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Military retirement: how much can I really spend?

The last post described the Trinity Study and explained the idea of a "safe withdrawal rate" to maximize the success of a retirement portfolio. A 4% SWR is a starting point, one put forward over a decade ago and appearing in print most frequently. It's straightforward, it has a high success rate, and it adjusts for ...

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Military retirement spending: how much will I need?
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Military retirement spending: how much will I need?

The short answer: your retirement savings portfolio needs to be about 25 times the size of your net annual retirement spending. If you want to spend $40,000/year in retirement and you don't have any pension or other income, then you're going to need a million bucks in the bank. If you have a military pension, ...

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