You Can’t Quit the Military!

Nobody “quits” the military. There is no walking into the first sergeant’s office and telling him that you are “grateful for the opportunity.” You can’t text the CO from your car in the … [Read more...]


Top 10 Questions Before Your Military Transition

Leaving the military may feel like someone has just pushed you out of an airplane without issuing you a parachute. Whether your service member decides to leave the military due to the drawdown, … [Read more...]


Will Your Family Stay for 20 if Retirement Changes?

Before the magic ten year mark, military retirement is so far away it doesn’t make any difference in a couple’s decision to leave the military. After the magic ten year mark, leaving the … [Read more...]


Please Start ‘Thinking About’ Leaving the Military

Some military members are more than ready to get out. One soldier I know told his wife, “When you are ready, I am ready.” Others never, ever, wanna think about getting out. Maybe they are … [Read more...]


Can Pentagon Do More to Help Transitioning Families?

If you've had military transition on your mind lately like so many of us, you may have started to pay attention to just what the military offers families as they look to rejoin military life. The … [Read more...]


10 Truths About Military Transition

After the worst move in military history (really: every single table we own was either broken in half, smashed, or crushed), the Big Change has finally happened: We're civilians. Well, the hubs is … [Read more...]


Why Didn’t You Tell Me I Would Miss Military Life?

It still happens sometimes. As I near the entrance to a store, I reach into my wallet and attempt to pull out my ID. Then, it dawns on me. I am not at the PX, I no longer carry a dependent's ID , and … [Read more...]


Should Spouses of Convicted Troops Get Benefits?

When Kris Johnson turned her husband, then Col. Jim Johnson, in for bigamy and other crimes she thought it would mean the end of any retirement benefits for both of them. She wanted justice to be … [Read more...]


Do Military Personnel Cuts Freak You Out, Too?

When my husband and I decided the Army would be his career, we gave the lifestyle our all. We are an Army family through and through – and we have the t-shirts, car decals, home decorating items, … [Read more...]


Poll: How Has the Military Helped YOU Transition?

We've heard it over and over again from Defense Department leadership: the military is drawing down. Servicemembers will be transitioning out. Cuts to personnel are coming. Some reenlistments won't be … [Read more...]


Would You Stay in the Military Without the Benefits?

A few years ago we were faced with the famous “10 year” decision: To retire or not to retire? My husband is a civil engineer and even in a “frail” economy would have been able to find a … [Read more...]


Top Ten Reasons Our Dual Military Marriage Worked

"After 30 years of service, we’re excited to start our 60 years of leave."  Sgt. Maj Holly Prafke Does happily ever after really happen to drill instructors? It does if they marry each … [Read more...]


Prince William Hangs Up Flight Suit

He didn’t get passed over. His position wasn’t cut due to any sequestration. Prince William finished his 156 search and rescues for the British military. He put in his 1300 flying hours in his … [Read more...]


Help for the Big Transition Back to Civilian Life

We have decided to retire from the United States Marine Corps.  (deep breaths …) This is one of those life-altering events that we knew was coming – like giving birth – you know it’s got to … [Read more...]


Poll: Are You Afraid of Getting Out?

When it comes to the sequester, you might not care about cuts to shipbuilding and whether or not some Air Force guy you don't know gets his tuition assistance. But we all have our twinges about how … [Read more...]


How Can We Leave The Military Without Regret?

My friend Bob walked into one of those Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshops to learn how to leave the military. After 20+ years in the service, he walked out with one thought on his mind: … [Read more...]


Top Ten Reasons BizWorld Wants Your Servicemember

You probably worry about your servicemember getting a job after the military.  But when I was doing the grueling year-long research for my MBA thesis, I interviewed several proud veterans who went … [Read more...]


Do Navy SEALs Deserve To Retire Early?

Somehow SEAL years are not the same as human years. When it comes to the physical toll, Navy SEAL years damage the body, age the body, risk the body far more than other kinds of military service.  So … [Read more...]