Is the Army Air Force Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA), Career Assistance Program Loan (CAP) worth it? I’m going to have to say YES! Back in the day as a young Staff Sergeant I needed some extra cash during a tough financial period. I was introduced to AAFMAA by a fellow Soldier. He informed me that AAFMAA offered an extremely low-interest-rate … [Read more...] about Career Assistance Program – AAFMAA Offers $4000 Loan
The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to provide adequate warning to Veterans that their Veterans Identification Cards (VIC) can be scanned to reveal their Social Security Numbers. Anyone with an IPhone or Android smart phone can download a QR code app and scan any VIC issued since 2004. Once scanned, the cardholders’ social security … [Read more...] about Veterans ID Cards Can Be Scanned With QR Code Reader
Last week we received notification about changes to the Army Tuition Assistance Program. Earlier today, I received notification that Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) will similarly be affected: "Leaders, As the Army moves into a more resource constrained environment, we must fully evaluate each of our compensation programs by weighing total … [Read more...] about Just Announced: Special Duty Assignment Pay Changes January 2014
Update: Alaract 317/2013 was published on 2 December 2013 - The message clarifies changes to the Tuition Assistance (TA) Policy for the remainder of FY14, with the changes going into effect on 1 January 2014: Soldiers will be eligible for TA upon successful completion of 1 year of service, following completion of Initial Military Training … [Read more...] about Updated: Sweeping Changes To The Army’s Tuition Assistance Program Beginning January 2014
What is the single biggest difference between success in the Military and success in a civilian business world? Success in the military is achieved by letting go of your individuality; only through complete and utter selflessness can you serve your country and your comrades effectively. In a life or death situation there is no time for your own … [Read more...] about Personal Branding: And Why It Should Matter To Service Members & Veterans
It's no secret that Harvard Business School is one of the most exclusive and elite schools in the world – In fact, in 2011 only 12% of applicants were accepted. Typically, Harvard MBA graduates can walk into a six figure starting salary within three months of graduation, so it's safe to say that these are fairly successful people. And yet, even … [Read more...] about The Crucial First Step to Point Yourself Towards Success After the Military
Even though you might not fully appreciate it, there is definitely something to be said about structured life in the military. Very few people enjoy the kind of clear direction and fulfillment that you are probably familiar with if you're here reading this article right now. Life in the military certainly isn't all roses, but none the less it's … [Read more...] about Life After the Military – Now What?
This post is sponsored by USAA, and I have been financially compensated to write it. Regardless, the opinions expressed are completely my own based on my observations. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” In recent … [Read more...] about Blue Star Families: Finally A Nonprofit We Can Trust