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Old 12-13-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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Unless you are a military retiree it is difficult to appreciate the total value your retirement benefits. Especially in today’s economy it is reassuring to have that check in the bank like clock work every month, Tricare medical, commissary, PX/BX and a host of other benefits.

For all those military that haven't reached retirement yet hang in there, believe me it's worth it.

USA 30 years, retired 2007
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:55 AM
Bub
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I couldnt agree more...although I was still to young for the rock'n chair so I went back to work...It is great to know I dont have to work anymore...PLAN EARLY to get rid of your debt.

I know it is tougher to make it to 20+ years today than is has been in the last 25 Years..due to the optempo/demployments...just remember, there are a lot of us out here that want to help.
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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Trying to hang in there LOL. Husband loves his job (esp during high opstempo b/c that means he gets to actually DO his job). "Someday", I tell myself, "he will be retired and home every night"; one can dream, right?
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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You are so right! Hubby retired at 20 years and of course kept working as he was still young. Now we are retired but it is so nice to have the military benifits, the checks, the commissary and especially at our age the insurance. What medicare won't pay, tricare does. Hang in there - you will not regret it. If you can, I know it is much harder now, with so many tours to be in harms way, but if your close hopefully you can make it.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:04 PM
 
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Could be as soon as 5.5 yrs but realistically looking at closer to 15 yrs. Especially if his AFSC still has huge bonuses for re-upping after 20 yrs like they do right now. So...most likely...at the halfway point!

I'm trying to go back to school for post-BS work to improve my earning potential so money for day to day living and college for our kids is not a make or break factor in deciding to re-up or retire.

someday....lol...
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Old 12-13-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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Don't know what I can add to the posts above but, yeah, I have NO regrets whatsoever that I stayed 20+ years! Even though we rarely get to a military installation to use our other benefits and our health care is through my wife's employer. I'm still glad I served long enough to reach retirement. And, of course, most of the memories are pleasant ones!
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:09 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I was drafted, decided to stay in 22+ followed by working for various Federal and Military agencies for 10+ years.

Reaching retirement was one goal I had which I was glad I achieved. I have no real regrets. I could have done better. The memories and past friends I have comes to mind several times per day.

You all forgot VA guaranteed loans!



Rich
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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It is nice

I retired in 2001 after 20+ in the Navy.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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Speaking of military benefits has anyone flown space-a? I've flown to Germany 3 times and the Caribbean. It isn't a scheduled airline but for the price (free) it can't be beat.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:31 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Speaking of military benefits has anyone flown space-a? I've flown to Germany 3 times and the Caribbean. It isn't a scheduled airline but for the price (free) it can't be beat.
I have had mixed results with Space-A over the years, some bad experiences and good ones. In the 80's/90's I took some Space Available flights from West Virginia Las Vegas, NV. They are not really free. I think I had to pay $1 or maybe $5, I think it was for the box lunch which was good...


Rich
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