How to Smartly Use the USAA Career Starter Loan
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How to Smartly Use the USAA Career Starter Loan

Did you know that USAA offers newly commissioned officers a low-interest loan to help them start their career? This guest post on the USAA Career Starter Loan was written by Spencer, a company grade officer in the US Air Force. Spencer is documenting his journey to financial independence using his military pay and ...

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USAA’s Digital Shift Is Saving Millions Of Dollars
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USAA’s Digital Shift Is Saving Millions Of Dollars

  First I wanted to title this post "Shift Happens". Then I wanted to say: "USAA is saving its members one BILLION dollars!" But the fact is that USAA is shifting its strategy away from brick-and-mortar member service centers and going with even more features in its mobile app. I expect to learn ...

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5 Reasons Why Military Retirees Keep Working
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5 Reasons Why Military Retirees Keep Working

A reader posted a forum comment about his co-workers: I'm always intrigued when I hear about recently retired military personnel with pretty good pensions who take new jobs after retiring in their mid to late 40's. If they want to work that's fine of course, but it's pretty sad that many of them probably feel they ...

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2017 Military Pay Chart – 1.6% Pay Raise
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2017 Military Pay Chart – 1.6% Pay Raise

Military members will receive a 1.6% Pay Raise in 2017. President Obama recently sent a letter to Congress echoing his support for the 1.6% military pay raise over the 2016 military pay. He states: This decision is consistent with my fiscal year 2017 Budget and it will not materially affect the Federal ...

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The New DA Pam 623-3
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The New DA Pam 623-3

Updated on 19 November 2016 Department of the Army Pamphlet 623-3 Evaluation Reporting System Download: DA Pam 623-3 This pamphlet prescribes the policy and tasks for the Army's Evaluation Reporting System, including Officer, Noncommissioned Officer, and academic evaluation reports focused on the assessment of ...

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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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Can I Earn A Military Pension And A Civil-Service Pension
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Can I Earn A Military Pension And A Civil-Service Pension

A reader asks: I served 14 years of active duty and six years in the National Guard. I received my 20-year letter. I began working for the postal service and “bought back” my 14 years of active duty towards my postal service retirement. For example I have 12 years actual with the postal service but 26 years on ...

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College 529 Plans – Saving for College
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College 529 Plans – Saving for College

This article is meant for people who may have heard about college savings plans and would like to know a little more.  College planning for your children is a topic that can cover a wide variety of beliefs (should you foot the entire bill, how much should you save), options, programs, government incentives and ...

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