Tag: bridge career
Separating Or Retiring While Overseas (But Not With The Navy!)
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Separating Or Retiring While Overseas (But Not With The Navy!)

A reader writes: I’ve been commissioned from the Navy’s enlisted ranks and have not yet reached eight years of commissioned service. I’m eligible for retirement and I’ve enjoyed active duty-- until now. I’d like to retire as an officer but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get to 10 years. I’m considering retiring ...

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Book Review: “Work Rules!” By Googler Laszlo Bock
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Book Review: “Work Rules!” By Googler Laszlo Bock

When you're starting your bridge career after the military, "Work Rules!" can help you ask a few questions during your interviews. You'll be encouraged if the interviewer notes that their company is considering the book's ideas. You'll be disappointed if the interviewer has never heard of the book, and you'll use ...

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Stay For 30 Or Retire At 27?
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Stay For 30 Or Retire At 27?

Last month I had a 2400-word e-mail conversation about financial independence. A reader asked: "I'm on active duty and struggling with the idea of getting out at 27 years to start a bridge career. If I wait three more years to get my full 30, the longevity pay raise and my extra years of service mean that my pension ...

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Eight Reasons Not To Worry About Military Retirement
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Eight Reasons Not To Worry About Military Retirement

A new military retiree asked a very good question on a financial independence forum: I am going through a big life transition where I'm taking about a 60% cut in pay. Fortunately, it is a military pension and my monthly budget is lower than what I will get paid. I feel that I’m set for my transition and I can take my ...

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Military retirement lessons learned
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Military retirement lessons learned

A friend's spouse retired from the military a little over a year ago, and I asked them to review "The Military Guide". This relatively new retiree has a shadowbox full of awards and medals. They didn't make E-9 (or O-9) but they were on the short list. Their military pension is well into five figures. A typical bridge ...

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Reader Advice:  Update on Ben’s bridge career
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Reader Advice: Update on Ben’s bridge career

      I am now on "Chapter 2" of my bridge career. I am not sure how long this chapter will be or if there will be any more chapters. I have made the transition from the familiarity and madness of DoD civil service. It was not until I got on the outside that I realized misery loves ...

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