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4 Lessons I Learned Filing For Disability Benefits
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4 Lessons I Learned Filing For Disability Benefits

  David McCauley is back with another great post!  You can see his other post, "Surviving An Involuntary Separation", in the Related Links section below.   If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines.     The waiting game of collecting ...

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Travel While You Can
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Travel While You Can

We came home from our second trip of the year in late November.  Financial independence gives us the flexibility and time to travel as much or as little as we want, and we spent nearly half of 2015 away from Oahu.   In this post, I'll answer the usual reader questions about where we went and what we did, but people ...

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Fisher House Foundation – Helping Our Military Families
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Fisher House Foundation – Helping Our Military Families

So, this is my first ever blog post of any kind so take it easy on the new kid. I currently work for a web-based company that was looking for a great charity to partner with and give back. Since I drew the short straw it became my job to find one and I went right to work. It wasn’t hard for me to determine what ...

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Book Review: “Work Rules!” By Googler Laszlo Bock
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Book Review: “Work Rules!” By Googler Laszlo Bock

When you're starting your bridge career after the military, "Work Rules!" can help you ask a few questions during your interviews. You'll be encouraged if the interviewer notes that their company is considering the book's ideas. You'll be disappointed if the interviewer has never heard of the book, and you'll use ...

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Financial Advice To Start Your Military Career
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Financial Advice To Start Your Military Career

Last summer there were many graduation ceremonies, and millions of new employees joined the workforce. In the military version of this milestone, thousands of new O-1s received their commissions and tens of thousands of other new recruits started their basic training. It's a very busy time. These new servicemembers ...

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Lifestyles In Financial Independence: Your Mortality
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Lifestyles In Financial Independence: Your Mortality

I just had another brush with the uncertainty of life. There was the time at sea on midshipman training when I fell overboard from a YP on the midwatch: miles from shore, pounding along at eight knots, seas of six feet. I was in a hurry, I let go of a ladder at the wrong second, and the small patrol craft bucked me ...

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Surviving An Involuntary Separation
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Surviving An Involuntary Separation

In the Fall of 2010, my Navy career was finally blooming. My promotion was in the pipeline, I had received new orders, and had managed to save up a modest nest egg. I enjoyed my job and was excited about deployment. One day while running (not long after a successful PFT), I momentarily blacked out. My Chief ...

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Getting Older In Early Retirement
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Getting Older In Early Retirement

A reader writes: I'm 42 years old and I won't be able to retire for five more years. I see that you surf. I do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I love it. I'm interested in how your body and health are holding up. Can you still surf reasonably well? How do you feel? The context is that I want to retire early and train more ...

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Do You Need A Digit Account?
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Do You Need A Digit Account?

When you're starting your career, it takes a while to get your money into autopilot for financial independence. You'll track your expenses and build a budget, and you'll save and invest while you pay down your debt. You'll set up your deductions to your Roth Thrift Savings Plan and your Roth IRA. After a few months, ...

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The Facts About The FY16 Navy MAVNI Program
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The Facts About The FY16 Navy MAVNI Program

Since the founding of our nation, foreign nationals and immigrants have fought alongside Sailors in the United States Navy. In days past, the Navy only accepted applicants with a lawful permanent residence status. For Fiscal Year 2016, the Secretary of Defense has authorized the Navy to recruit legal, non-immigrant ...

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Using A Checklist To Format Your Blog Posts
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Using A Checklist To Format Your Blog Posts

I'm a retired submariner, and submariners live by checklists. We used a huge checklist for starting up the nuclear reactor, and another huge checklist for shutting it down. We used more checklists for operating the submarine: diving, surfacing, coming to periscope depth, or snorkeling. We used checklists for ...

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