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“Without the brave efforts of all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines and their families, this Nation, along with our allies around the world, would not stand so boldly, shine so brightly and live so freely.”

-Lane Evans

 

“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”

 

-Clara Barton

“Every American soldier wants as much public support as he can possibly have. We fight better knowing that our people back home support us, back us, and understand what we're doing. It's hugely important.”

-John Abizaid

 

Take Care of Soldiers Part II

           In my last article I expressed there is a very real need to protect our soldiers from any source that seeks to exploit our sons and daughters for economic gain. I pointed out examples of how our government can erode a soldier’s personal income by allowing underfunded mandates and inflation to take place. I provided one example of how local law enforcement has targeted soldiers in the past using ticketing as a source of revenue. I provided several examples of how predatory companies target soldiers using unscrupulous business practices, and how parasitic individuals often look at soldiers as an easy mark.

          As I brought up this disturbing information I also went on to state there’s no need to become overly cynical. Although there are dark forces that try to prey on our soldiers, there are significantly more people and organizations that are looking out for the troops. I suggested that AUSA (Association of the United States Army) and the private companies that support this noble cause is a good example that demonstrates how much people care. Allow me to expand my thoughts about AUSA and how it benefits the average soldier.

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Take Care of Soldiers

 

Part I


Over the last 3 decades I have witnessed the US Army make great leaps and bounds at taking care of soldiers, Army families and the military community as a whole.  When I joined the Army in 1982, our motto was “Mission first people always.”  I can remember thinking the “mission first” part of the motto made perfect sense, but the “people always” part was a bit confusing.  What does “People always” really mean?   I thought the Army motto was an incomplete sentence that needed to be much more specific.  This explains why I liked Lieutenant Colonel Daniel J. Sullivan’s study called “Leadership and Taking Care of Soldiers.  What does it mean?”   I will confess that as s a small businessman that serves the military community I ask the very same question on a regular basis. 


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Tips on Carbon Lined Hunting Clothing

 

 

             When I served as a soldier in the US Army we were taught how to protect ourselves from Nuclear, Biological and Chemical weapons.  Today this is more commonly known as NBC training by the average soldier.  The main thing soldiers are required to do is to insulate their bodies using charcoal lined clothing, gas masks and rubber gloves and boots. We were taught charcoal lined clothing would seal or protect us from harmful gases. 

 

             Since NBC clothing can seal off harmful gases, it didn’t take long for people to realize that it would also reduce body odor from escaping into the air.  Eventually people realized that the principles of insulating our bodies from harmful NBC agents could also reduce our own body’s scents from animals.  In other words, if charcoal can keep gases out then why can’t it also keep gases in?  This mindset gave birth to carbon lined hunting clothing that achieved scent locked objectives.  Hunters realized charcoal lined clothing could lock in their body odor.

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0 Comments | Posted in News By Kelly Mason

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

 

 

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


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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



                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

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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0 Comments | Posted in News By William McKinney

 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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0 Comments | Posted in News By William McKinney

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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0 Comments | Posted in News By Thomas Cain