Earlier this year my spouse and I spent three months in Spain visiting our daughter. (She's stationed on a guided missile destroyer in Rota.) It was the longest trip I've taken since a 1991 submarine deployment. We roamed all over Andalusia and took hundreds of photos (no selfies!). We really enjoy slow travel and we're going back at the end of … [Read more...] about Surprising Secrets Of Slow Travel
Archives for July 2015
A reader writes: "I am a Traditional (TR) Air Force Reservist with 20 good years on 31 May 2015. I would like to retire, but I have one outstanding issue-- my Transfer of GI Bill Benefit service commitment date. This date is 1 August 2016. I would like to stop being a TR and become IMA, IRR, an Academy Liaison Officer (I think that this is a … [Read more...] about Ask The Readers: Transferring GI Bill Benefits in the Individual Ready Reserve?
A reader asks: I'm in the Air Force Reserve and I also have a full-time job with a 401(k) and employer match benefits. I believe the max I can contribute between my 401k, employer match, AND the TSP that is tax deductible is $18,000. Beyond that number any contributions from myself, my employer, or via the TSP are all after-tax dollars, and I … [Read more...] about Contribution Limits of the Thrift Savings Plan + 401(k) + IRA = ?!?
[February 2019 update: My friend retired a few months ago. There's way less stress and they're much happier. They're working on their health with a new energy, yet their advice is the same.] I answer a lot of reader questions here, and I also get good advice. Today's guidance comes from a friend I've known for decades. "Unlike you … [Read more...] about Finding Your Military Work-Life Balance
A reader asks: I'm a Reservist who has about ten years of total active duty and who re-enlisted "indefinitely" in 2006. My ETS is currently 2027 (when I turn age 60). I have a total of 19 "good years" toward my Reserve retirement. I plan to enter the IRR as soon as I earn my 50 points for my 20th good year. My specific questions are these: 1. … [Read more...] about Retiring From The Individual Ready Reserve Or National Guard