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Reader Interview:  Planning For The Military Transition
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Reader Interview: Planning For The Military Transition

  What influenced your decision to join the military, and what's your transition plan to leave active duty? I always knew I’d serve in the military. My Dad and Grandpa both served in the Army. My freshman yearbook says I’ll join the Air Force and my veteran Dad led me to consider the Air Force very ...

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Tricky Details Of The Military Blended Retirement System
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Tricky Details Of The Military Blended Retirement System

I really wanted to use the titles "Hidden Secrets Of The BRS!!" or "Shocking Urban Legends Of The BRS Revealed-- #4 Is Jaw-dropping!!" But this is a serious life-changing decision. I've had a ton of reader BRS questions and feedback. The good news is that a group of us military personal-finance bloggers have ...

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How To Turn Your Next PCS Into A 20% Raise
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How To Turn Your Next PCS Into A 20% Raise

How to Choose Your Next Duty Station Choosing your next duty station or even creating a list of potential new homes is possibly the most stressful part of being a military member. For me, on the officer side, I know that I will move every 3-4 years like clockwork and that’s at a junior CGO level. This rate will ...

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How Much Is Your Military Pay Really Worth?
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How Much Is Your Military Pay Really Worth?

This post is brought to you by Daniel Kopp, an Air Force officer and founder of MilitaryLifePlanning.com.   If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines. For any servicemembers who are transitioning out of the military or perhaps daydreaming about what that ...

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Will The Military Pay Off Your Student Loans
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Will The Military Pay Off Your Student Loans

Are you considering an enlistment, for military student loan repayment options? When you're facing a mountain of student debt and you don't even have a job lined up after graduation, the military can seem like a pretty attractive option. So should you join the military to pay off your student loans? Maybe. This ...

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Four Ways Physical Fitness Impacts Financial Fitness
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Four Ways Physical Fitness Impacts Financial Fitness

The other day, I just finished my last spring physical readiness test (PRT) for the Navy.  As I finished my second-to-last fitness test, I celebrated to myself—one more PRT, and I’m done!  My entire career, I’d thought of the PRT as paying rent—every six months, you pay up.  You don’t get credit for doing any more ...

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It’s Official Infantry, Armor Opens To Women: Effective 1 April
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It’s Official Infantry, Armor Opens To Women: Effective 1 April

Effective 1 April 2016, military occupational specialties 11X, 13F, 19D, 19K, will become gender integrated. This unprecedented act will allow women to enlist into Infantry, Armor and Artillery MOSs and serve alongside their male counterparts. Infantry and armor positions will open to women April 1 in the next ...

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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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