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How Much Is The COLA On My Military Pension?!?
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How Much Is The COLA On My Military Pension?!?

The question was asked on the Facebook group “Military Spouse Retirement Information”: "Is there a date that is better to retire on than any other day of the year? It used to be the case that it was better to retire sometime after 1 January or 1 February. I believe it had something to do with COLA, but I don’t ...

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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 Calculate A Reserve Retirement
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How To Calculate A Reserve Retirement

In response to a question from a reader, Doug originally created and published this post in 2012. The sender was seeking a Reserve Retirement Calculator, specifically for the National Guard or Reserve. Instead of referring him to one of the many Military Retirement Calculators online, Doug dedicated the time, to write ...

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What You Need To Know About National Guard Retirement
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What You Need To Know About National Guard Retirement

Retiring from the Reserves or National Guard is more flexible than retiring from active duty. In the vast majority of cases, your retirement is based on at least 20 good years of service.  (A "good year" requires a certain minimum number of points or days of drill or active duty as well as complying with other ...

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Reserve Retirement: Time In Rank And High-Three Pay
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Reserve Retirement: Time In Rank And High-Three Pay

I've written many posts about military retirement, and the system is hugely complicated. (See the related links at the end of this post.)  Instead of trying to cover all of that in a humongous 20,000-word post, I've written a big-picture pillar post plus a bunch of shorter posts about specific reader questions. ...

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