Interviews & book reviews



July 2019:
Starting a Roth IRA for your kid with Andy Hill of Marriage, Kids, & Money
15 minutes of video (and audio) tips on starting a Roth IRA without worrying about the IRS.

May 2019:
60-Second Docs Wealth video
My favorite one-minute lifestyle documentary!

March 2019:
Playing With FIRE Documentary: Panel Discussion With Cast And Crew
This conversation was recorded at FinCon18 while the documentary was still being edited.

Podcast4Patriots interview on financial independence, military real estate, and… surfing.

February 2019:
Dear MilFamily podcast: Transitions And The Military Family

All during 2018:  The FIology series.

November 2018:  Q&A with Dan at Keep Investing $imple, Stupid!

Interview with Half Life Theory

Bringing Up Financially Responsible Kids
Panel discussion with Jane & Jim Collins– yes, the spouse of that guy who wrote the Stock Series and published “The Simple Path To Wealth”!
What’s Up Next Podcast

October 2018: How To Maximize Facebook Groups with Drop And Give Me 20
(It’s a 20-minute podcast for military entrepreneurs!)

Featured in “11 Best FIRE Bloggers to Inspire Your Retirement Plan” on GOBankingRates

September 2018:  Change Your POV podcast live at the Military Influencer Conference in Orlando

Best Things To Do On Oahu with We Travel There

July 2018: Financial Independence with Two Frugal Dudes podcast

June 2018: Interview with Lacey Langford and Hank Coleman on The Military Money Movement podcast

Two segments of Financial Independence with From The Battlefield To The Boardroom on the Orion Talent podcast.  Part 2 is here.

May 2018: Financial Independence And How To Reach It On Her Money Matters podcast with Jen Hemphill

The “Crushing Debt” podcast with Shawn Yesner

Military Appreciation Month Facebook Live with Jason Vitug (Phroogal) and Lacey Langford (Military Money Movement)

“Warfighters Combat Financial Foes” Twitter interview with Jim Katzaman

April 2018: Conversation with Alain Guillot podcast

How I Built That Blog interview with The Blog Blog

March 2018: Interview in MOAA’s Military Officer magazine

February 2018: Playing With FIRE Money Millhouse podcast with Ellie Kay and Bethany Bayless

January 2018: CampFI Roundtable 2018 from ChooseFI (live podcast at CampFI Southeast)

“Submarines, Surfing, And Financial Independence” on The Money Nerds podcast with Whitney Hansen

December 2017: Financial Independence in 2002 with FinCon Podcast Network

November 2017: How I Retired From The Military A Millionaire on The Prince Of Investing TV Show With Prince Dykes

October 2017: Practical Thoughts On FI With Any Career with Gwen Merz and “J” of The FIRE Drill Podcast

August 2017: Lifestyles of the Financially Independent video interview on Adulting.TV

July 2017: I Achieved Financial Independence In The U.S. Navy with J.D. Roth of MoneyBoss

June 2017: Courtney Woodruff’s “Resilient Milspouse” interviews

May 2017: Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on r/FinancialIndependence

April 2017: You’re Rich– Now What? on Richer Soul podcast with Rocky Lalvani

February 2017: From Submarines To Financial Independence on Beyond The Uniform podcast with Justin Nassiri

January 2017: Becoming A Millionaire On A Military Salary Afford Anything video With Paula Pant
More show notes and the audio podcast

December 2016: How to Improve TRICARE – TRICARE Benefits Roundtable podcast with Ryan Guina at The Military Wallet

October 2016: Angel Investing, Market Crashes, and 14 Years of Financial Independence with Brandon on the Mad FIentist podcast

September 2016: Camp Mustache Q&A with Mr. Money Mustache, Afford Anything, and Doug Nordman recorded live with Brandon on the Mad FIentist podcast

July 2016: Military Blended Retirement System Pros and Cons podcast with Ryan Guina at The Military Wallet

January 2016: Just Sign Up For The Thrift Savings Plan, All Right? and other life advice With Adulting.TV

October 2015: The Thrift Savings Plan: The Military’s 401(k) with FOX Business and Doug Salvemini interview

September 2015: Saving For Your Big Purchase (

August 2015: Investing in Peer-to-Peer Lending Is Far From Retail-Ready Financial Advisor IQ article with Miriam Rozen

July 2015: #MoneyChat: Smart Finances For Military Families article with Dorethia Kelly

June 2015: Insider secrets of angel investing (podcast with Joshua Sheats on Radical Personal Finance)

Nerdwallet “Millionaires Reveal Their Credit-Card Secrets”

May 2015: Farnoosh Torabi’s “So Money” podcast

April 2015: Early Retirement Is More Achievable Than We Think

January 2015: National Guard and Reserves Retirement Benefits podcast with Ryan Guina at The Military Wallet

October 2014: My best video interview ever with MoneyTips

Quoted in  Five Ways To Protect Your Finances While Protecting Our Freedom

August 2014:  Early Retirees Find New Challenges Blogging About Retirement Wall Street Journal

Interview in Military Spouse magazine

Interview on (podcast)

June 2014:  Yahoo! Finance video

May 2014: USAA Magazine (page 23)

October 2013:  Early Retirement Success Story with Doug Nordman with Todd Tresidder on the Financial Mentor podcast

Quoted by Jane Kim in 2010 Wall Street Journal article

2007 interview by Corey Hajim, Fortune Magazine reporter

2007 interview by Billy & Akaisha Kaderli on their Retire Early Lifestyle website


Book buzz: book reviews

“Thanks to the great advice in this book, I am well on my way to being a true Early Retiree! ER inspired me to pursue my graduate degree and commission (from the enlisted ranks) – as well as finishing out an active duty career in the Navy! A “MUST READ” for everyone in uniform, regardless of rank!”

– ENS Jennifer L. Tanforan, SPHR, USN

” For the first time, everything a servicemember needs to escape the working world for good! “

” Packed with information and advice. Shows servicemembers exactly how to build a solid plan for their financial future.”

“While many servicemembers dream of leaving the working world behind after their military retirement, few build a real plan to accomplish this. In these pages, Doug Nordman has provided everything needed to build that plan for financial independence and more. Readers will see familiar situations and recognize the decisions they are facing on every page. They will appreciate the clear information, planning factors, and checklists they’ll need to make the best decisions regarding saving, investing, and getting the most from their military benefits. We’ve all benefited from the sage advice of others who have faced challenges and pointed out the landmines and showed us the tricks that make the job easier, or at least possible. This guide does the same for all aspects of building and executing a plan that military personnel can use to achieve their goals of financial independence and retirement. A great guide that will change many lives for the better.”

– “SamClem”, retired USAF officer

“There is life outside of a career. We retired young without the military benefits available to you, and have been running around the globe since 1991. If we can do this so can you!

– Billy and Akaisha Kaderli,  authors of “The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement”

“I separated from the USAF after eight years of service and didn’t stumble across the concept of early retirement until I’d been working in the civilian world for a few years. Too bad “The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement” wasn’t available at the time. I can only wonder how much sooner than age 58 I would have been able to retire.”

– REWahoo!, poster at

“Having the opportunity to preview this book over the last few months has really helped me organize my approach to ER while making sure I have covered all my bases. It is great to see “real life” examples on the various paths of how people reached their goals and understanding how my thought process to get here is similar to others. I have no doubt that I am ready to ER and enter the next chapter of my life!”

– Retiring Air Force officer