Browsing Archive April, 2013
Military Retirement From The Individual Ready Reserve
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Military Retirement From The Individual Ready Reserve

(Note:  At the end of this post I've linked every major article on this blog with information about the Reserves and Guard:  serving, benefits, separating, and retiring.  Some of the reader questions may apply to only a few servicemembers or retirees, but I've included all of them.  Please let me know if you have ...

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Total Pay: How much will your next paycheck be?
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Total Pay: How much will your next paycheck be?

During my active-duty days, we used to have a frequent conversation around Hale Nords: "So what's your pay going to be now?" "Well, let's see. I'm on the promotion message, I just got a longevity raise, I'm getting submarine pay, I'm eligible for sea pay again, and the new housing & cost of living allowance ...

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Guest Post Wednesday:  “You’ve Been SERB’d!”
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Guest Post Wednesday: “You’ve Been SERB’d!”

This guest post is brought to you by an Army officer who's been voluntold for the Selective Early Retirement Board.  For you younger readers who've never heard of such a heinous process, the drawdown military is partyin' like it's 1994 all over again. (If you're interested in contributing a guest post, please see ...

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Lifestyles in Hawaii: Hawaii Island (the Big Island)
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Lifestyles in Hawaii: Hawaii Island (the Big Island)

Let's take your mind off your tax returns for a more interesting fantasy subject. A reader writes: "Hi Nords - my spouse and I are thinking of moving to the Big Island for early retirement. I spent time working in Hawaii during my career and absolutely loved it. We are thinking of taking a risk and moving to an ...

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Military Retirement Lessons Learned
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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 ...

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Military Benefits After One Enlistment (part 2 of 2)
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Military Benefits After One Enlistment (part 2 of 2)

(If you've found this page from a search engine, you'll want to read the first part of this two-part post.) This post answers the rest of a reader's question: "I was curious whether there are any benefits for people who got an honorable discharge after finishing the six-year obligation they signed up for but chose ...

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