[Nords note: if you're finding this post via a search engine, here's the followup post with USAA's responses: USAA Answers Your Insurance And Financial Questions] It's almost that time of year again! The San Antonio summer is cooling off (a little) and on 19-20 September I'll be USAA's guest at Digital Military Experience 2017. But first, … [Read more...] about What Questions Should I Ask USAA At Digital MilEx?
[Note: this post has been updated for 2017 2018 data. I plan to continue updating it every year or so.] A long while back, a reader wrote: "Hey, Nords, any chance you'll do a summary post about your FIRE history? I'm really interested to hear how your net worth and income have gone up." Life is good: my spouse and I recently pulled off … [Read more...] about “Hey, Nords: How’s Your Net Worth?!?”
[Ah, good, the DoD BRS calculator has been officially released.] A reader asks an outstanding question: Does it make sense to opt in to the military's new Blended Retirement System in 2018? One of our NCOs has a pessimistic view of the BRS, especially since they're over 12 years of service and don't see how the BRS will benefit them. In … [Read more...] about The Military Blended Retirement System: “Dude, Where’s My Calculator?”
Sharks And Stripes 2: Camp Pendleton, CA, 13 June and live online. Do you need a little help with your business idea? Are you growing your revenue but not sure how to reinvest it for growth? Are you worried about financing or interested in talking with an investor? Rey Ybarra has worked with entrepreneurs for years, and he even … [Read more...] about Free Mentoring And Networking For Military Entrepreneurs
Are you ready to make your choice about the military's Blended Retirement System? Are you a leader who has to advise younger officers and enlisted how to decide between High Three and the BRS? Are you a veteran like me who's asked the question several times a week by their family (and their readers)? USAA can help with … [Read more...] about USAA’s Military Retirement Comparison Tool And The Blended Retirement System
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. [Nords note: this post was updated on 4 March 2017 with a direct link to the DoD's PSMC website as well as a sample statement. Scroll down … [Read more...] about How Much Is Your Military Pay Really Worth?
Here's a quick note about an upcoming social-media campaign that's already ramping up across the nation (and at military bases around the world). 27 February-March 4th is the annual Military Saves Week. (It's part of the 11th annual nation-wide America Saves week, which started in some regions as early as 2001.) It's an awareness … [Read more...] about America Saves week is coming!
(This post is brought to you by military veteran, entrepreneur, and startup founder Nick Bradfield. If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines.) I’ve always been drawn towards challenges. One day after high school I woke up and decided to look for the biggest … [Read more...] about Marine to Veteran to Entrepreneur.
This post is brought to you by MilitaryFIRE.com. If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines. A lot has been written about how to decide if the new Blended Retirement System (BRS) is better than the US military’s old retirement system. Most calculators, however are overly dependent … [Read more...] about Military Blended Retirement System Spreadsheet
This post is brought to you by Rich of RichOnMoney! If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines. BLUF: In college I paid off $32k in student loans in a year. On a military salary I paid off a $280k mortgage in seven years. I've bought several rental properties with cash. I did this … [Read more...] about 3 Steps to Retire Early on a Military Salary