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The Great Transition…Isn’t Always So Great

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Written by Guest Blogger · 31 August 2016

By Brian Posten, Business Development Officer at Air Force FCU, USAF Senior Master Sergeant (retired)

At age eighteen, I realized I needed a major life change, and I knew hanging around where I grew up wasn’t the answer. So, in 1988, I joined the Air Force. My intention was to do four years and get out.  When my four years were coming to a close, I realized military life was perfect for me.  Adventure, discipline, education, and travel—not to mention, I also received a paycheck!

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Five Tips to Tackle Military Transition Challenges

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Written by Guest Blogger · 23 August 2016

By Forrest Baumhover, EA, Westchase Financial Planning, Principle

Your military transition will be one of the most challenging events in your life. Whether you’re separating after your first enlistment or retiring after a 30-year career, there will be obstacles. Here are five things you can do to ensure you’re properly prepared for your transition.

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Five Ways to Save While Back-to-School Shopping

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Written by Guest Blogger · 18 August 2016

By Madeline Daniels, America Saves Digital Communications Manager

Families sending children back to school in the fall plan to spend a record $917 per child, according to a new Rubicon survey. So why the high price tag? It turns out over a third of families’ budgets are expected to go to technology.

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A Military Transition “SMEAC“ Approach (5 Paragraph Field Order)

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Written by Letty Stevens · 09 August 2016

By Letty Stevens, AFC®, Military Saves Project Manager

S: Situation

M: Mission

E: Execution

A: Administration and Logistics

C: Command and Signal

Situation: Transitioning out of the military needs to be well-planned and executed. No matter your rank, occupational specialty or training, the process is not an easy one and it is not intuitive. You must have goals. One key goal is for you to be both financially and mentally prepared for the transition into civilian culture.

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Millennials--What the 2015 National Financial Capability Study Reveals

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Written by Guest Blogger · 04 August 2016

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Millennials are the largest cohort in the U.S. workplace today. While millennials make up about 33 percent of the work force in the U.S., they constitute three-quarters of the service men and women in the military. Understanding the financial capability of millennials is an important step toward understanding the financial capability of the military in general.  

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | February 3, 2017

    Millions miss out on the EITC because they don’t claim it or don’t file taxes at all: http://bit.ly/2kge0VN v/ @AmericaSaves #MSW2017

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Naval Battalion's Effort Yields Team Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Construction Battalion Five, DETAIL CHINHAE would like to share our campaign success story with you!

Currently we have 23 members on our Det, (all of whom have registered with militarysaves) and out of them 16 are planning for retirement by saving and investing money in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan.

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On the Right Track to Build Wealth

Written by Super User | April 16, 2013

My name is Robina Wahl, and I am a military wife and a veteran. Although I am fairly new to the Military Saves Campaign, the message to “Build Wealth, Not Debt” reassured me that my husband and I were on the right track and doing the right things.

I have always been pretty responsible when it comes to saving and living within my means, but I was not prepared for the unpredictable employment lifestyle of being a Reservist and military spouse.

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Making Savings a Part of Marriage

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Capt. Rob Eckhardt is the first to admit that he hasn’t always been responsible with money. But less than 10 years after a rocky start to saving, Eckhardt reports that he and his wife are free from credit card debt, have a down payment on a home, and are saving regularly for retirement. And, as the Military Saves representative for his Air Force squadron, he’s helping others make similar progress.

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