Transitioning from Military Service

Transitioning careers? You have options!

| June 27, 2016

As the Director of Recruiting for First Command, I’ve found military experience is a strong leading indicator for success. Transitioning military servicemembers tend to have the right combination of intangible qualities we look for in candidates – traits like a strong work ethic, a character worthy of trust and a willingness to be coached.

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The changing terrain: Budget cuts stress military families

| June 24, 2016

Military families continue to be anxious about cuts to defense spending, with 69 percent indicating anxiety and 74 percent anticipating being financially affected by cuts.

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Preparing financially for PCS season

| June 20, 2016

We’re in the middle of peak PCS season, and many career military families are packing for their next move. Although Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves can be stressful, we’ve discovered that the majority of families moving this year are financially ready.

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The changing terrain: NDAA 2017

| June 17, 2016

The Senate on Tuesday approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act with $602 billion allocated to base defense and war spending. The House passed its version last month.

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Breaking the New Military Retirement code

| June 14, 2016

This month marks the 74th anniversary of The Battle of Midway, a decisive battle in the Pacific during WWII wherein United States Naval Forces prevented Japan from securing dominance in the region.

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The changing terrain

| June 10, 2016


A Tuesday Executive Office memo from the Office of Management and Budget on the Senate’s FY17 NDAA reminded Congress that “any increase in funding must be shared equally between defense and non-defense” as agreed to in the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act.

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Four personal finance tips every servicemember should follow

| June 6, 2016

It’s the most basic rule of personal finance: spend less than you earn. Of course, it can seem like everyone’s out to separate you from your hard-earned money, from the luxury purse vendor outside the exchange to the Harley Davidson dealer’s tent packed with salesmen ready to give you a “great” finance rate.

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The changing terrain: Military retirement

| June 3, 2016

Blended Retirement System

A DoD News interview with two department subject-matter experts on the new blended military retirement system outlined the training program for educating all affected parties:

    Leader training began June 1 on the Joint Knowledge Online portal and the MilitaryOneSource website, and on DVD at deployed, shipboard and other remote locations.

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Seven tips for managing your money

| June 1, 2016

Frugal living is coming back into style, and military families are proving to be the trendsetters.

The latest findings of the First Command Financial Behaviors Index® reveal military families with household incomes of at least $50,000 are putting more dollars toward savings and reducing debt than other middle-class consumers.

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