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Should You Join The Reserves or National Guard?
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Should You Join The Reserves or National Guard?

Fair warning: this is a long post, even by my standards. Hey, it's Thursday, it's a holiday weekend, and (for a change) it's not financial. There's not even any math. But let's get to the post. Ironically for being one of my personal writing milestones, most of this one is written by other people! A couple ...

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Infographic on Drawing Down the Troops from Iraq
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Infographic on Drawing Down the Troops from Iraq

    First, some background. As a newbie niche personal-finance blogger I've learned a lot (more) about the seamy financial side of the blogosphere. A whole cottage industry is swapping links and posts for SEO & money, and it's going corporate. I've been surprised to learn how many bloggers have ...

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Military Drawdown Predictions
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Military Drawdown Predictions

A reader posted some great questions the other day: What do you think is going to happen with the “retired benefit” debate within the greater context of the DoD portion of the Federal Budget? Will it be another ... slash and burn? What does your financial sense say? The 1990s military drawdown was about the end of ...

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The Military Drawdown and Benefits Cuts
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The Military Drawdown and Benefits Cuts

"Here we go again": welcome to the largest military drawdown since the end of the Cold War and DESERT STORM. The military shrank over 25% during that one, and systems tech has improved a lot since then. Remote sensors and unmanned aircraft weapons can't replace all of the boots on the ground, but they can sure make a ...

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Join the military to get rich and retire early?
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Join the military to get rich and retire early?

Welcome to all the new readers who found this blog last week! The hits immediately doubled, and they've nearly doubled again!! Today's post actually starts over at Jacob Lund Fisker's Early Retirement Extreme blog.  He says that ERE-infatuated teens have asked him about joining the U.S. military as a way of retiring ...

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