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U.S. military, personal finance, financial independence, military retirement, active duty, Reserves, National Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Blended Retirement System, High Three, veteran, military spouse, milspouse, military family, milfam, military retiree, retiree, retired
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This was the best conference yet! For those who are just joining us, last month I polled people’s questions about USAA’s insurance and financial programs. I brought those issues to the Digital Military Experience with USAA’s Communications team, other program managers, and several executives. But first, it’s time for another snark disclosure. FTC Affiliate Disclaimer The Federal Trade Commission fears that I’ve lost my objectivity and become a USAA fanboi. I’ve been a USAA member for ...
Posted: Sep 28 2017 @ 11:00 AM
  It’s almost that time of year again! The San Antonio summer is cooling off (a little) and on 19-20 September I’ll be USAA’s guest at Digital Military Experience 2017. But first, let’s get the blogger disclaimer out of the way. FTC Affiliate Disclaimer For those who haven’t read about this before, the Federal Trade Commission wants you to know (“first, foremost, and at the front of the post”) that I’m USAA’s sponsored guest. ...
Posted: Sep 07 2017 @ 11:00 AM
  A long while back, a reader wrote: “Hey, Nords, any chance you’ll do a summary post about your FIRE history? I’m really interested to hear how your net worth and income have gone up.”   Life is good: my spouse and I recently pulled off an epic seven-week “slow travel” Mainland trip on military flights. (I’ll post more about Space A travel another time.)  Now that we’re caught up on household chores, I’m ...
Posted: Aug 24 2017 @ 11:00 AM
  [Nords note: My spouse and I are still on Mainland slow travel, and we’ll head back to Oahu in mid-July. Maybe we’ll see you at a military Space A passenger terminal!]   We spent another Memorial Day weekend at the Rainbow Lodge in the bustling megalopolis of North Bend, WA. (Snarkasm! It’s a lovely little town.) This was my second Camp Mustache, and they just keep getting better. Unlike last year’s chilly ...
Posted: Jun 15 2017 @ 11:00 AM
  [Nords note: I’m on Mainland travel through mid-July: Seattle, Norfolk, and Ocean City. I’ll update this post as DoD rolls out the changes.]   A reader asks an outstanding question: Does it make sense to opt in to the military’s new Blended Retirement System in 2018? One of our NCOs has a pessimistic view of the BRS, especially since they’re over 12 years of service and don’t see how the BRS will benefit them. ...
Posted: Jun 01 2017 @ 11:00 AM
  My social media has lit up this year with complaints about vehicle insurance. It seems as if every military family who’s transferred to a new duty station has paid more money to insure the same autos and the same drivers. Even families who haven’t moved (yet) are unhappy when they renew their policies: more money for the same coverage. It’s not just geckos or good hands or eagles or good neighbors ...
Posted: May 11 2017 @ 11:00 AM
How to Choose Your Next Duty Station Choosing your next duty station or even creating a list of potential new homes is possibly the most stressful part of being a military member. For me, on the officer side, I know that I will move every 3-4 years like clockwork and that’s at a junior CGO level. This rate will likely increase towards the end of my career. So how do you know ...
Posted: May 02 2017 @ 7:13 AM
  Sharks And Stripes 2: Camp Pendleton, CA, 13 June and live online. Do you need a little help with your business idea? Are you growing your revenue but not sure how to reinvest it for growth? Are you worried about financing or interested in talking with an investor? Scenes from a previous Sharks And Stripes Rey Ybarra has worked with entrepreneurs for years, and he even wrote the book about it. These days ...
Posted: Mar 23 2017 @ 11:00 AM
  Are you ready to make your choice about the military’s Blended Retirement System? Are you a leader who has to advise younger officers and enlisted how to decide between High Three and the BRS? Are you a veteran like me who’s asked the question several times a week by their family (and their readers)? USAA can help with that. The Department of Defense is feverishly hustling building a calculator that will analyze which retirement system ...
Posted: Mar 16 2017 @ 11:00 AM
  This post is brought to you by Daniel Kopp, an Air Force officer and founder of MilitaryLifePlanning.com.   If you’re interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines.     [Nords note:  this post was updated on 4 March 2017 with a direct link to the DoD’s PSMC website as well as a sample statement.  Scroll down to the “Summary” section for the links.]   For any servicemembers who are transitioning out of the ...
Posted: Mar 02 2017 @ 11:00 AM


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