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 aliens, with special languages … [Read more...] about The Facts About The FY16 Navy MAVNI Program
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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 emergencies: while you were fighting … [Read more...] about Using A Checklist To Format Your Blog Posts
It's been a while since my last post about USAA, and they've churned out several new products. Individually they're impressive enough, and collectively they're making life easier for members. Before I dig into that, the Federal Trade Commission wants me to disclose that I have a business relationship with USAA. My spouse and I have used their … [Read more...] about Top Three New USAA Products And Services
After years of military retirement, my spouse just transferred her Thrift Savings Plan to a traditional IRA. That's the first step in converting the TSP funds into a Roth IRA. It's taken us nearly three decades to get to this point. We started contributing to our traditional IRAs in 1986. (I was a little slow to catch on to tax-deferred … [Read more...] about How (And Why) To Transfer Your TSP To An IRA
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
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
Facebook groups are wonderful things that most people probably don’t use to their full advantage. With a group, you can control who is in the group and even if the group can be found via search. This makes it perfect for chatting or sharing things that you don’t want everyone to see. 1. To Keep In Touch With Friends and Family Use groups to … [Read more...] about Top 10 Reasons Military Spouses Benefit From Facebook Groups