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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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How To Find Portable Careers For Military Spouse’s
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How To Find Portable Careers For Military Spouse’s

My spouse and I joined the military in the late 1970s. We've been military spouses since 1986, and I was a member of several fine Wives Clubs in the 1980s-90s. Thankfully, the military's gender policies have improved quite a bit over the last 40 years. The male military spouse situation has also improved a bit during ...

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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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Surviving An Involuntary Separation
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Surviving An Involuntary Separation

In the Fall of 2010, my Navy career was finally blooming. My promotion was in the pipeline, I had received new orders, and had managed to save up a modest nest egg. I enjoyed my job and was excited about deployment. One day while running (not long after a successful PFT), I momentarily blacked out. My Chief ...

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The Facts About The FY16 Navy MAVNI Program
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The Facts About The FY16 Navy MAVNI Program

Since the founding of our nation, foreign nationals and immigrants have fought alongside Sailors in the United States Navy. In days past, the Navy only accepted applicants with a lawful permanent residence status. For Fiscal Year 2016, the Secretary of Defense has authorized the Navy to recruit legal, non-immigrant ...

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Using A Checklist To Format Your Blog Posts
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Using A Checklist To Format Your Blog Posts

I'm a retired submariner, and submariners live by checklists. We used a huge checklist for starting up the nuclear reactor, and another huge checklist for shutting it down. We used more checklists for operating the submarine: diving, surfacing, coming to periscope depth, or snorkeling. We used checklists for ...

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