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Domicile Residence and Travel Restrictions


There are generally no restrictions on where you may retire. Travel restrictions are generally the same as for all civilians, and thus subject to State Department regulations. Exceptions usually only apply for members who were previously assigned to areas which required special security clearances. Members may not travel to those areas until their security restrictions have expired. Below is some information which may be useful for retirees w... more

Are You Naked and Afraid?

Mud run

Rebekah Sanderlin

"Naked and Afraid." Have you seen this show? Two strangers get dropped off together -- naked -- in a jungle and they have to survive for 21 days, without any gear or help. Once you get your mind around the idea that anyone would volunteer to be both naked and afraid on TV, it's a pretty good show. And an awful lot like life as a Must-Have Parent in a military household.  Although I suppose there's no such thing as a "‘muffin top" when ... more

Stay-At-Home Mom? How to Fix Your Resume

Crafting a resume

No one needs to tell a stay-at-home parent how much work she does. (The answer? All of it.) But often, someone does need to help her figure out how to craft her resume. For a military mom dealing with an empty nest, an upcoming transition or an important life change, that challenge can be all too daunting. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be. "I'm Mom, Family CEO," says Jill, a 43-year-old Air Force wife. "Some people say being a stay-at-... more

Wasting Away in Martyrville

Stressed out

Rebekah Sanderlin

There's this place I visit from time to time. It's called Martyrville. Perhaps you've been there? It's really easy to find. You just zone out, miss the exit for the place you meant to go, and then find yourself broken down in Martyrville, a miserable city if ever there was one. Martyrville's residents are, how do I put this? Unattractive. They like to look haggard and frazzled, because they want to remind people -- and especially their ... more

Transition Dressed in Overalls and Hard Work?

Remember the old adage: Don't miss a golden opportunity just because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work.

With transition on the horizon, many military spouses find themselves trying to manage a new family dynamic. "I was always what kept things together," explains Andrea, an Air Force wife. "But it was different. He would be home from deployment and things would go back to normal. He was the money man. He was the guy who kept the family afloat. I just manned the ship when he was gone. Transition changed that." Things Fall Apart Andrea's... more

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Military Life is Socialism and I Love It

Military life is a perfect example of socialism in action says Daily Beast columnist and Iraq and Afghanistan vet Jacob Siegel. Other than a few key ways it’s not actually socialism at all (example: we are an all volunteer force), which Siegel’s article does point out, and a few statements I find inaccurate (like his ... Continue Reading

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