Midshipmen Toss Thier Hats During Graduation Ceremony

Cadets and Midshipmen: Think before you take on that Career Starter Loan

| March 27, 2017

Congrats on reaching the Career Starter Loan Decision—proof that your Academy career is progressing nicely. As you consider the decision to take the loan or not, I’d encourage you to also consider how that decision can impact your future example as a leader of sailors, marines, and soldiers.

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A prescription for personnel reform: The Bipartisan Policy Center Report

| March 24, 2017

The non-profit Bipartisan Policy Center released a report this week titled “Building a F.A.S.T. Force: A Flexible Personnel System for a Modern Military.” The report recommendations were created by the Center’s Task Force on Defense Personnel.

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To Buy Or Rent

To buy or to rent?

| March 20, 2017

That is the question for military families seeking their next home

It’s often said – mostly by companies that lease cars – that you should always buy appreciating assets and lease depreciating assets.

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Does Trump’s proposed budget mean a government shutdown?

| March 17, 2017

President Trump’s proposed $1.1 trillion FY18 budget calls for an increase of $52 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD) and $64 billion in cuts to other agencies. To finish out FY17, he also requested $25 billion for the DoD base budget and $18 billion in cuts to other agencies.

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Stay or go: The decision to leave military service

| March 14, 2017

It’s the inevitable conclusion of all service members’ careers–leaving the service. The question, though, is how you will know when it’s the right time for you to make that transition.

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The Federal Hiring Freeze, PCS Season and Family Finances

| March 10, 2017

Just because the federal hiring freeze only applies to civilian employees doesn’t mean that military families are immune from its effects. Many military spouses work on-base in civilian positions.

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4 home-buying tips for military families

| March 6, 2017

For active duty military families, the unique demands of being in the service can make buying a home challenging. While deployments and short notice or frequent PCSs make renting or military quarters attractive options for many, the advantages of home ownership – such as possible tax benefits, potential for monthly rental income, having a forever home – can outweigh its shortcomings.

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Concerns about sequestration

| March 3, 2017

The new year and new administration have not altered feelings of anxiety among military families surveyed regarding cuts to defense spending. Approximately seven-in-10 are anxious about possible cuts and anticipate being financially affected by them.

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