The changing terrain

| May 27, 2016

Army

An excellent Army Times interview with new Army Secretary Eric Fanning revealed his thoughts about the state of today’s Army. The term that kept reappearing in the piece was “predictability.” Secretary Fanning feels that soldiers need more predictability in terms of deployments, the DoD budget, continuing resolutions, government shutdowns, sequestration, training and equipment.

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The changing terrain: NDAA 2017

| May 20, 2016

The House passed its FY17 NDAA on Wednesday, which included several provisions disliked by the Senate and White House. As referenced in last week’s post, the House version calls for a 2.1 percent pay raise for service members, .5% higher than Senate and White House pay raise proposals.

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The changing terrain: NDAA 2017

| May 13, 2016

Draft FY17 NDAA

The Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel approved its draft of the FY17 NDAA on Thursday. The Senate’s version includes a 1.6 percent pay raise for service members, in line with the president’s request, which is .5 percent less than the House’s draft.

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Teaching your children financial responsibility: The basics

| May 9, 2016

It’s never too early to teach your children about finances. And while “finances” may not seem like a word you would usually apply to a child’s allowance, what they learn early on about spending and saving can stay with them for a lifetime.

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The changing terrain: Military retirement

| May 6, 2016

Since details of the military’s new retirement system were introduced in late 2015, many people have rained criticism on the new program. Arguments range from putting more of the retirement planning burden on career service members to introducing a more complicated system for which thousands of service members will have to decide: do I opt in or stay put?

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