The changing terrain: Sequestration

| December 23, 2016

This week Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said the service is “critically short of personnel and needs to expand by more than 30,000 active-duty service members.” In a USA TODAY interview, Gen.

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Career military families pinching pennies for the holidays

| December 19, 2016

First Command’s annual holiday spending survey reveals that military shoppers expect to spend considerably less on gifts than last year.

On average they anticipate spending $1,148, down 30 percent from the $1,625 they estimate having spent last year.

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The changing terrain: Post-election financial decisions

| December 16, 2016

Following the November presidential election, First Command Financial Services surveyed a group of middle-class military and general population families* to find out two things about their personal financial decisions:

    Did the election change the riskiness of their finances/investments?


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3 strategies to get your finances squared away

| December 12, 2016

Whether it’s the financial guru on TV or your well-intentioned father-in-law, everyone seems to have a foolproof trick that will fix your finances. Unfortunately, a single trick or tactic isn’t enough.

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The changing terrain: Government shutdown?

| December 9, 2016

Congress has until today, Friday Dec. 9, to avoid a government shutdown. The House introduced a short-term Continuing Resolution on Tuesday that would prevent a shutdown and keep the government running through April 28, 2017.

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“What good Marines were expected to do”: Courage under fire at Pearl Harbor

| December 6, 2016

Still asleep after an evening of socializing at the Pearl City Tavern, Marine Gunner Frank W. Brooks was awakened on the morning of December 7, 1941 by the sound of nearby detonations. “I thought the Navy was having gunnery practice,” CWO Brooks would recount more than half a century later.

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The changing terrain: NDAA 2017

| December 2, 2016

The House is expected to vote on the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act today, with the Senate expected to vote next week. Highlights include:

    2.1 percent pay raise for military. Army end strength would be set at 476,000, Marine Corps at 185,000 troops, Air Force at 321,000 airmen and Navy would remain at 324,000 sailors.


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