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How A Simple Survey Helps Service Members Prepare To Transition
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How A Simple Survey Helps Service Members Prepare To Transition

USAA sponsored this post, and I have been financially compensated to write it. Regardless, the opinions expressed are entirely my own. My mind is made up, after nineteen years one month and three days of active federal service, I’m requesting to retire from the United States Army. By far, this has been one of ...

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Comparing E7 Retirement Pay: Active-Duty Versus Reserve
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Comparing E7 Retirement Pay: Active-Duty Versus Reserve

This post has been updated using current pay charts, to determine E7 Retirement Pay... E7 Retirement Pay Consider two 18-year-olds who join the military on the same day. The first stays on active duty for 20 full years to retire as an E-7. They'll base their pension on 2.5% x 20 years = 50% of their High-Three ...

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Sanctuary In The Reserves: Only On Active Duty
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Sanctuary In The Reserves: Only On Active Duty

I'm getting a lot of sanctuary e-mail, and it's partly because some of today's Reserve and National Guard servicemembers are approaching 6574 points-- nearly 18 years of service. Here's three questions from readers wondering whether they can claim sanctuary. (Spoiler: No.) Question #1: I currently have 30 ...

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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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Lifestyles In Financial Independence: Your Mortality
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Lifestyles In Financial Independence: Your Mortality

I just had another brush with the uncertainty of life. There was the time at sea on midshipman training when I fell overboard from a YP on the midwatch: miles from shore, pounding along at eight knots, seas of six feet. I was in a hurry, I let go of a ladder at the wrong second, and the small patrol craft bucked me ...

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Getting Older In Early Retirement
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Getting Older In Early Retirement

A reader writes: I'm 42 years old and I won't be able to retire for five more years. I see that you surf. I do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I love it. I'm interested in how your body and health are holding up. Can you still surf reasonably well? How do you feel? The context is that I want to retire early and train more ...

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Can Choosing REDUX Guarantee A Military Retirement?
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Can Choosing REDUX Guarantee A Military Retirement?

I've heard stories and answered questions about financial independence for well over a decade. I realized pretty quickly that I'd never hear it all, but I have to admit that this reader comment on the REDUX post rocked me back on my heels a little. It's a very logical question, yet the consequences would set the ...

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