Tag: Retirement
Book Review:  Energize Your Retirement (!)
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Book Review: Energize Your Retirement (!)

One of the tropes of financial independence is the perpetual question about leaving the workforce: "But... but... but what will I do all day?!?" It's by far the most popular question. Oddly enough, it answers itself. When you're saving and investing, you're worried about decades of inflation and rising ...

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Army Officers Will Keep Their Officer Pensions
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Army Officers Will Keep Their Officer Pensions

A group of Army O-3s will finally be paid the pensions they've earned. However, their story is also a cautionary example of why you should be saving and investing for financial independence. Last month the Army announced that this blog helped a few officers keep their pensions. Well, sure, the press release ...

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Retire at 17 years of service or 20?
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Retire at 17 years of service or 20?

    I read another good question on a Linkedin group: I am a Marine O-4 who has been passed for promotion and is looking for some advice on early retirement. I will have 17 years  of active duty by the time I am eligible for the early retirement next year. I am a pilot with experience in operations and ...

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Starting Your Bridge Career After the Military
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Starting Your Bridge Career After the Military

Long post today: I have 2400 words of real-life examples for a reader's question. When I started thinking about a book, I wasn't writing "just another job-search manual". I wanted to talk about early retirement and frankly, I was scared of the competition from other career-transition authors. However, I get ...

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Getting “the job call”
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Getting “the job call”

"The Military Guide" blog has reached 100 posts!  Thanks to everyone who's read and commented over the last eight months.  I think my military skills & discipline will keep this going for another year or five, so tell your friends! On with today's post: One of my shipmates mentioned a few weeks ago that ...

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The Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan
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The Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan

This earlier post describes the SBP and its options, as well as the pros and cons of buying it for your survivors. If you landed here from a search engine or some other link then I'd recommend reading the previous two posts before proceeding with this one. Some of the references and links in this post include ...

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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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