Tips On Planning Your Military Retirement

If you are planning a military retirement, there are some things you can do to ensure a smoother ride. Here are some tips to consider.

  • Save along the way: Retirement can be expensive. Make an effort to save a portion of your income throughout your working years.
  • Consider starting a business: Income from a business would dramatically change your retirement plans. Here’s how to start a veteran-owned business.
  • Make a plan to move to a low-cost area: Instead of sticking in a high cost of living area, move to a more affordable location.
  • Take care of your health: Healthcare costs can get expensive in retirement. Get ahead of the game by taking care of yourself along the way.
  • Consider a second career: After 20 years in the military, you deserve a break. But you might decide to try a new career path with your military pension covering some of your basic expenses.

Making the Most of Your Military Retirement

Retirement from any organization should come with perks. You have a defined benefit plan with plenty of perks when you leave the military. Take some time to explore all of the benefits on the table.

Make sure you factor these in when planning out your retirement. But also consider adding extra padding to your retirement plans with additional savings or a brand new business.

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