Tag: COLA
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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More SBP details
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More SBP details

Let me disrupt the posting schedule for a day with some additional SBP information from Monday's post. One of the book's contributors forwarded me not one but four separate SBP briefs put out by the Air Force Personnel Center. With the gracious permission of Mr. Dan McCullough, who added some clarification slides, ...

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Effect of Inflation on a REDUX Military Pension
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Effect of Inflation on a REDUX Military Pension

Veterans entering the service after July 1986 are eligible to choose between two different retirement systems. The first system, High Three, offers a multiplier of 50% at 20 years of service and raises it 2.5%/year to 75% at 30 years of service. Each year after retiring, the pension is raised by a cost of living ...

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COLA calculations
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COLA calculations

    The Department of Defense applies the Social Security Administration's calculation for COLAs to military pensions. Although the money comes from different agencies, the numbers are the same. The COLA for the following year (applied in January) is calculated from the third quarter of the current year. ...

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Retiring on Multiple Streams of Income
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Retiring on Multiple Streams of Income

This topic isn't tied to "The Military Guide" chapter on the Reserve/National Guard, but those military retirees frequently confront a retirement consisting of multiple sources of income. Veterans who retire from active duty will go straight to a pension, but Reservists/NG have to find some other source of cash flow ...

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The Biggest Benefits of a Military Retirement
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The Biggest Benefits of a Military Retirement

All retirees have to accumulate the resources to last for the rest of their lives, but early retirees (before age 65) have two daunting challenges: paying for healthcare and contending with decades of inflation. Health insurance is largely a workplace benefit, and many civilian workers feel “locked in” to their ...

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