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Side Jobs for Active Duty Military

By Craig Richardson

To an outsider, life in the military might seem like an endless barrage of direction and work, a constant grind with little affordable time for hobbies, personal pursuits, or passions.…

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How a Government Shutdown Affects Military Pay & Benefits

By Craig Richardson

The threat of another government shutdown is becoming almost as commonplace a news story as the threat of another hurricane. The problem is both can end in disasters if you…

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Overseas Tour Extension Incentive Program (OTEIP)

By Craig Richardson

Military service often includes opportunities to serve or be stationed overseas, and that can mean one-time or recurring bonuses or stipends in addition to your military paycheck. One of the…

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Hardship Duty Pay

By Sarah Brady

There are lots of great benefits that come with working in the military. Among them are guaranteed basic pay, tax-free allowances and paid vacation, just to name a few. But…

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Which Military Branch Has the Best Benefits?

By Craig Richardson

If you’re considering a career in the military, deciding which branch to join is maybe the most exciting question you’ll face. Besides the choice between the Army, Navy, Air Force,…

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14 Financial Planning Tips for the Military

By Sarah Brady

Financial planning might seem like a luxury for the wealthy, but anyone can benefit from making plans for their money, especially those who are struggling to get by. As a…

Military Reserve Pay Chart

By Sarah Brady

Reserve pay is one of the many benefits of being in the military reserves. If you’re a National Guard or a Reserve Soldier who’s performing drilling and other training duties,…

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The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for Service Members

By Sarah Brady

It’s not often that you can get free money, but with the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) you can bring in free cash with no extra labor or effort on your…

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Retired Military Pay

By Phil Sheridan

If you weren’t thinking about retirement or other benefits when you enlisted in the military, that’s okay. You are still protected by one of the top three benefits of military…

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Filing Taxes When a Military Member Is Deployed

By Michael Knisley

You’re away from your family. Your living quarters aren’t exactly luxurious. You might not be getting the supplies, or even the information, you need. Safety is an issue. Peace of…