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Blended military retirement reform will financially empower troops

(By – Christopher Neiweem, via The Hill)

One month after the Sept. 11 attacks, I stepped into my local U.S. Army recruiting station and enlisted. I was a 19-year-old from suburban Chicago who wanted to serve his country, but I also wanted to learn as much as I could about military training and benefits. Before signing on the dotted line, I wanted answers to a few questions that I had written in a notepad I brought with me. The first thing on my mind was preparing for the physical challenges of boot camp; the last thing on my mind was retirement. I did, however, have a question written down relating to retirement. “How long does a soldier need to serve to earn a pension, staff sergeant?” I asked. Read more…


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