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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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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Big changes ahead for military retirement

| January 9, 2017

America’s career military families are starting the new year with a big decision to make about their retirement benefits: Hang onto their traditional pensions or switch to a new system designed for the next generation of service members.

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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: Blended retirement

| November 4, 2016

Early this week the Department of Defense released the Personal Financial Counselor-Educator Course, the second part of a four-part educational program on the new military Blended Retirement System (BRS).

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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 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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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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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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