Fears of defense cuts affect holiday spending

| October 28, 2016

Halloween frugality in military families comes at a time of continuing fears over how defense spending cuts will impact their household finances. First Command’s annual Halloween spending survey reveals that three-quarters of middle-class military families (commissioned officers and senior NCOs in pay grades E-5 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000) who plan to celebrate Halloween will spend the same as or less than last year.

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The changing terrain: The New Military Retirement

| October 24, 2016

Support for the military’s current retirement system is strengthening among America’s career service members, with four out of five families expressing a desire to stick with the traditional pension rather than opt in to the new blended retirement plan that goes into effect in 2018.

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The changing terrain: The presidential election

| October 14, 2016

Defense spending, sequestration and government retirement benefits are key pay and benefit issues that may significantly influence the votes of America’s career military in the upcoming presidential election.

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The changing terrain: Benefits

| October 7, 2016

This week the Army announced plans to halt funding cutbacks on many morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) programs. The Army had planned to make cuts at the beginning of the fiscal year (Saturday, Oct.

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