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One Last Post Before The Pro Bowl Presented By USAA
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One Last Post Before The Pro Bowl Presented By USAA

Short bonus post today: the runup to the Pro Bowl continues. Thursday's pre-game event was "Marine For A Day" up at Kaneohe. I can't show it any better than this NFL player getting to try on a set of explosive ordnance disposal gear: NFL #ProBowl players get to experience a day in the life of a Marine on base ...

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The Pro Bowl Presented By USAA
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The Pro Bowl Presented By USAA

We're ramping up to Sunday's Pro Bowl tailgater-- and, oh yeah, the football game. Those of you who know me well are probably smirking as you read: Nords at the Pro Bowl?!?  I know, "pearls before swine." For the rest of you, here's a confession: I hardly watch TV, I no longer follow football rankings or ...

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I’m Goin’ To The Pro Bowl With USAA!
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I’m Goin’ To The Pro Bowl With USAA!

If you're at the Pro Bowl events next week, please stop by and say hello. I'm the 5'10" 190-pound middle-aged balding ponytailed surfer dude who'll probably be wearing sunglasses, surf shorts, & t-shirt. And SPF50 sunscreen in the middle of winter because, you know, Hawaii. Brought to you by... Most of the ...

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Sanctuary In The Reserves: Only On Active Duty
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Sanctuary In The Reserves: Only On Active Duty

I'm getting a lot of sanctuary e-mail, and it's partly because some of today's Reserve and National Guard servicemembers are approaching 6574 points-- nearly 18 years of service. Here's three questions from readers wondering whether they can claim sanctuary. (Spoiler: No.) Question #1: I currently have 30 ...

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Reserve Retirement: Time In Rank And High-Three Pay
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Reserve Retirement: Time In Rank And High-Three Pay

I've written many posts about military retirement, and the system is hugely complicated. (See the related links at the end of this post.)  Instead of trying to cover all of that in a humongous 20,000-word post, I've written a big-picture pillar post plus a bunch of shorter posts about specific reader questions. ...

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