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Tips on Becoming a US Army Non-Commissioned Officer

Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:52:22 PM America/New_York

I have written many military related blog articles over the years.  The common thread that links these articles together is that I have experience or a unique view on these subjects.  This explains why I will discuss the opportunity of becoming a US Army Commissioned Officer.  I have a unique story about how I became an Army Lieutenant, and I have witnessed many other future Officers pursue this goal.  With this in mind, I feel I may be of help to young adults seeking a military career.

 

Before I dive into this subject I will confess that I’m a product of the eighties and early nineties.  I recognize that much has changed since I was a ROTC cadet.  Therefore, I performed research and spoke with some current ROTC cadre members to update my knowledge on this subject.  Going this route proved to be wise because much has changed since my years as a soldier

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Financial Tips for Soldiers Part V

Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:40:36 PM America/New_York

Financial Tips for Soldiers


Part V

 

 

                This is the fifth and final chapter in the “Financial Tips for Soldiers” series.


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Financial Tips for Soldiers Part IV

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:36:01 PM America/New_York

 

Financial Tips for Soldiers


Part IV

Financial Tips for Soliders

 In my past articles I have advocated that soldiers should start a savings plan that focuses on index funds, and they should work towards a long range goal of purchasing rental properties.  I’m sure many people may think this sounds too simple to be true, and in some respects they’re right.  To reach your long term goals you will need a well-defined strategy.  Allow me to elaborate on this subject.


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Financial Tips for Soldiers Part III

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:47:24 AM America/New_York

Financial Tips for Soldiers


Part III



                In my first article I highly emphasized the need for a 10% investing plan and a 10% emergency fund.  I stated that you should use direct depositing to feed your 2 saving plans.  I also admitted that I wished soldiers used direct depositing, so it would take money out of your hands.  In my second article I promoted the message to use index funds with your two savings plans.  I advocated stock indexes such as the Wilshire 5000 or S&P 500 for your 10% investing plan.  I also promoted using one of Barclay’s short or midrange indexes for your emergency fund.  Now I will present another financial opportunity for soldiers once their 10% investment plan grows large.  BUY RENTAL PROPERTIES!  Income real estate may sound like a “pie in the sky dream” to some people, but I believe it’s a good long range goal for my intended target audience.  Look at investing 10% of your income in index funds as a short or midrange strategy and rental property as your long range goal.  Allow me to support my advice.




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Financial Tips for Soldiers Part II

Thursday, July 10, 2014 11:56:09 AM America/New_York

Financial Tips for Soldiers

Part II

Introduction:

 

                In my last article I strongly advocated that soldiers should adopt 2 financial strategies that consisted of consistently maintaining a 10% investing plan and a 10% emergency fund.  I also advocated using direct deposit to fund these plans.  In this article I will discuss what investments are ideal for investing and emergency plans.  As I do this, I will focus on young soldiers who probably lack knowledge about investing.  With this in mind let’s start with the basics.

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Financial Tips for Soldiers: Part 1

Monday, June 30, 2014 12:42:01 PM America/New_York

 Financial Tips for Soldiers

Part I


 

                Over the years I couldn’t help but to noticed how many soldiers get paid on a Friday, and then they tend to be broke on Monday.  It’ also amazing how soldiers display a tremendous amount of discipline at work, but they lack this attribute with their personal finances.  When I was a private in the 80’s I was surprised by how many soldiers in the barracks lived a paycheck-to-paycheck life style.  The average soldiers I’m describing didn’t have to worry about food, shelter, utilities or health insurance.  For the most part, their income was completely disposable.  In other words, most of these soldiers didn’t have any bills, and they could use their money anyway they pleased.  Looking back, I think it’s a shame that few soldiers during my era saved or invested for the future.  The purpose of this article is to provide good financial advice to any young soldiers who want to learn how to manage their money well.  If I can help only one person I will consider this article a success.


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Insider’s Tips on Clearing CIF: Part IV - Cleaning your Gear

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:16:59 PM America/New_York

Helmets at CIF

Be prepared to clear CIF with this helpful advice on cleaning your gear and keeping it in excellent shape.

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Insider's Tips About Clearing CIF: Part III

Friday, June 6, 2014 12:22:25 PM America/New_York

Insider’s Tips on Clearing CIF

Part III

 

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In this article I will discuss how to read and understand your clothing records.  I will confess up front that this aspect of clearing CIF is not my strongest attribute.  I have more knowledge about military gear, CIF’s standards and tips on cleaning equipment.  Over the years I have muddled through the process of helping my customers read their clothing records.  By reading equipment descriptions, asking my customers questions and comparing NSN numbers, I have been able to guide people in the right direction.  In some respects I have figured out clothing record information through a process of elimination.  If you want expert information in this area you can find it in official military sources such as “Common Table of Allowances 50-900.”  The information in this source is extensive, but it’s also time consuming to read.  For most soldiers, the information you can find at NCO Support.Com will be more useful.  Although I’m far from being an expert on this matter, I’ll provide you with some succinct tips.  Hopefully, this information will make it easier for you to understand your clothing record.

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Insider's Tips About Clearing CIF: Part II

Friday, May 30, 2014 11:16:33 AM America/New_York

Insider’s Tips on Clearing CIF

Part II

 

In my last article I gave many proactive tips about clearing CIF.  In this article I will shed light on CIF’s standards.  Knowing these standards will increase your chances to clear CIF on your first attempt.  Here is some of the basic concepts to keep in mind:

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Insider’s Tips on Clearing CIF: Part I

Friday, May 9, 2014 6:17:23 PM America/New_York

The information you’re about to read is one of 4 articles on clearing CIF:  The future articles I will write will address the following issues:  1.) CIF standards 2.)  How to read your clothing records.  3.)  I will also provide you tips on cleaning your TA-50.  The information below is intended to make you more prepared for the day when you will need to clear CIF.

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