I guess I should've seen this coming. I've blogged about financial independence and using your military benefits and coping with drawdowns... and suddenly some of you are wondering exactly how to go about getting a bridge career. If you're just joining us here through a search engine, then you might want to take a look at this post … [Read more...] about Get on LinkedIn, get a job
Long post today: I have 2400 words of real-life examples for a reader's question. When I started thinking about a book, I wasn't writing "just another job-search manual". I wanted to talk about early retirement and frankly, I was scared of the competition from other career-transition authors. However, I get questions every week about bridge … [Read more...] about Starting Your Bridge Career After the Military
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 months ago a Navy Reserve recruiter … [Read more...] about Should You Join The Reserves or National Guard?
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 literally sold out to companies that … [Read more...] about Infographic on Drawing Down the Troops from Iraq
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 the Cold War. Remember the … [Read more...] about Military Drawdown Predictions
I'm writing my first post from our new familyroom. The construction is finished and 99% of the interior painting is done, so yesterday my spouse and I spent a couple of hours moving back in. (We bribed a neighbor's teen at $10/hour to help us haul the boxes and move the big pieces of furniture.) For the last four months, after squeezing all our … [Read more...] about Update to “Just Write It”
I've only been blogging for 13 months, but I've been writing on deadline for over three decades. Many of you servicemembers are keenly familiar with the system of "liberty-dependent routing" for point papers, requests, or other paperwork. But otherwise, you might find it difficult to write-- especially on your own time. You'd think that my years … [Read more...] about Just write it.
"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 dent in the billet … [Read more...] about The Military Drawdown and Benefits Cuts
Judy Martel was a senior editor at BankRate (a partner of Dollar Stretcher). She still blogs about financial news for the site. Her book "The Dilemmas of Family Wealth" was published by Bloomberg over five years ago. However, the stories she tells are timeless and fascinating reading. You would not expect us … [Read more...] about Book report: Dilemmas of Family Wealth
A few months ago I was offered a chance to moderate a tiny part of the Dollar Stretcher community in Military Family Finances. I highly recommend Dollar Stretcher's weekly e-mail, and their website is a treasure trove of personal financial tips. One of the perks of being a Dollar Stretcher moderator is the opportunity to review new books. I've … [Read more...] about Book Review: “Get Rich Click!”