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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Interest in the Blended Retirement System

| February 24, 2017

Just weeks after the unveiling of the Blended Retirement System (BRS) Opt-in Course, interest in the new system is growing among opt-in eligible service members. The latest results of the First Command Financial Behaviors Index® reveal that 44 percent of middle-class military families say they want to opt in to the new system, rather than be grandfathered into the current system.

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Hats Placed on Chairs During Retirement Ceremony

Career military showing heightened interest in new retirement benefit

| February 8, 2017

Support for the military’s Blended Retirement System is strengthening among America’s career service members, with two out of five families now expressing a desire to opt in to the new plan.

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Rebuilding U.S. Armed Forces and a new Blended Retirement System course

| February 3, 2017

Rebuilding the Armed Forces

Defense Secretary Mattis distributed implementation guidance for budget directives in the National Security Presidential Memorandum on Rebuilding the U.S.

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The changing terrain: Blended retirement system

| November 18, 2016

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) Minutes of the Meeting of the Board Members for the month of September was released on Monday. A portion of the meeting focused on the new military blended retirement system (BRS).

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The changing terrain: The New Military Retirement

| August 26, 2016

Military families rank retirement pay as their second-most-important military benefit, preceded only by basic pay. Because of the importance of retirement pay to career service members, and the significant changes that are coming with the new blended military retirement system, First Command Financial Services, Inc.

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The changing terrain: The New Military Retirement

| August 5, 2016

Career service members and their families* are putting great store in the value of the traditional military retirement. Three out of four service members who say they are likely to serve to full retirement want to be grandfathered into the current retirement system rather than opt in to the new military retirement system that will go into effect Jan.

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Leaders must protect those who protect us

| July 25, 2016

While my family and I celebrated Independence Day earlier this month, it was honestly difficult for me to enjoy the holiday, watch fireworks and do the normal things we all do. As a veteran, it’s very clear to me that the independence and freedoms American citizens enjoy are ensured by our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines who protect them.

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Military retirement: Current vs. blended

| July 18, 2016

The new military retirement system will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Anyone with less than 12 years of service (YOS) as of Dec. 31, 2017 has the choice whether to stay in the current system or elect to convert to the blended system. 

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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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