|02-29-2012 08:23 PM|
|02-29-2012 09:56 AM|
|King_of_Man_TJ||Here are some more...I really like the American flag one...I am trying post 3 videos also. One of the Today show on my boat and two of missile launches.|
|02-29-2012 09:55 AM|
Me back in April 1978 at Kadena AB, Okinawa. I'm the one in back.
1985, back at Kadena getting ready for a deployment to our FOL in Osan, Korea.
|02-29-2012 09:39 AM|
|02-29-2012 08:55 AM|
|King_of_Man_TJ||I have been serving in the US Navy for 9 years and serve on submarines. I have spent 5 years of my life under water and have done 7 deployments. I am now stationed at Naval Ordnance Test Unit at NASA and love my job! Here are a couple of pics of life so far. I will post a couple more pics and a video of my recent missile launch from a submarine.|
|02-28-2012 11:43 PM|
Sending out a cobra to go handle some business.
|02-27-2012 12:31 PM|
Not me but I love the combat beard.
Im the one on the left. This is 6 years ago in tech school for air trans
|02-13-2012 09:15 PM|
Just signed another 4 years of my life away... hoorah for job security!
Here's a few pictures from the other day... Playing the "Tough" Guy during Force Protection Training.
USCG Marine Science Technician Third Class
MST3 Jonny Walker
|02-11-2012 04:25 PM|
|blue6tj||I'm ex CDN Navy (17 in my grad photo), and in my travels spent some time in GTMO... To ALL Service Men and Woman, THANK YOU!|
|02-11-2012 09:04 AM|
Here's some pictures from me here in Camp Casey, South Korea...
Taking a Break
Jus a cool picture. Blurry though.
|02-07-2012 08:44 PM|
|jeepmonkey06||My girlfriend. Hot!!!!!|
|02-02-2012 11:59 AM|
Good advice. So was mine. TSP comes with a risk. What I was trying to point out is that you can take the 100 a month that you are never going to see anyway and let it work for you. Even if you just set a allotment up to dump it into a savings account.
Are they even offering anything less than 36 month contracts now days? You are correct in that you must do the 36 months to qualify for the GI Bill. With the draw down coming they may very well go back to the 24 month contracts, who knows.
Bottom line is I think both of us want what is best for the new troop and wish him all the best. Your plan is well laid out and is something he could do when he moves from E-4 to E-5. At that point he will not be hurting for money as bad because we all know people do not joint the forces to get rich. My plan is something he can do from the start and never feel the pinch of extra money.
No need for a sig block
take it for what its worth.
|02-01-2012 08:10 AM|
Not to discurage anyone from giving advice, but I think the advice above was incomplete. First, you are elligible for the Post 9-11 GI Bill as long as you do 36 months of service. There is no requirement to pay $100 a month for it. Also, bonds have terible return rates. IMHO, you would be better off putting a pecentage of your pay into the Thrift Savings Plan. There you can manage the amount of risk you take. The G Fund is a "No-Loss" example. Other Funds in TSP assume some risk as the market fluxuates. As a single Soldier, you could contribute up to $17,000 per year. All contributions are tax defered, except funds contributed while deployed. Deployed contributions are tax exempt, you will never be taxed on them. If you asked me, I would recomend contributing 10-20% to start out. More if you can.
Withdrawing funds from TSP prior to ETS or Retirement is not easy. It can be done but is considered a loan that must be re-paid to your TSP account. Otherwise, you can withdraw all or part of your account after you are out of service. Your withdrawal will be taxed 25%, with the exception of any tax exempt funds you contributed.
Here is an example for you: I started TSPin 2003. I have approximately $58,000 in my account. I have contributed approx $17,000 tax exempt funds. I'm currently contributing 34% of my pre-taxed base pay each month or approx $1,500. Last quarter I earned approx. $4,000 in returns, this is only slightly lower that what I contribute every month. Over the last 8 years, I have averaged more than 10% return each year. That is a very good return, but will require you to actively manage your funds. Based on contributions alone over the next 5 years I will have over $100,000 in my account.
In the end, any smart advice will tell you to invest in a broad spectrum to reduce risk. The TSP is just one way for you to do that. It is not the only way. Seek out advice from a professional investment consultant for more information on how to best plan for your financial future. I recomend going to a licenced and bonded agentcy that is nationaly known and respected.
Lastly, welcome to the Armed Services. Being in the military is easy, it only requires 4 things. Being at the right place, at the right time, in the right uniform and doing the right thing. Do these four simple things and you will have a great tour.
First Sergeant, US Army
Fort Riley, KS.
|01-31-2012 03:01 PM|
|01-31-2012 12:46 PM|
|01-31-2012 12:42 PM|
well here I am in full AIT battle rattle.
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|01-31-2012 12:09 PM|
|jeepgarza||Thanks for the luck! Now when I get back its time for another Jeep woohoo also it'll be nice not having to pay for the rest of my schooling.|
|01-31-2012 10:27 AM|
|01-27-2012 11:58 PM|
and thank you
|01-25-2012 12:52 AM|
|jeepgarza||Well I ship to basic March 5th. FT. Benning training for a tanker crewmen..19 kilo..|
|01-18-2012 03:57 PM|
^^ Thanks! I was thinking so, but couldn't remember. I haven't been able to see him for a couple years.
so...both pilot cousins are Captains.
|01-18-2012 03:51 PM|
^^Just to help you out, your cousin in the second pic is a captain.
That's cool about getting to fly Drew Brees around.
|01-18-2012 03:24 PM|
I am not (nor have been) in the military, but two of my cousins are. I am very proud of these guys so when I saw the thread, I wanted to show them off....
William - Captain - USMC
Osprey pilot. He returned from Afghanistan the week after Christmas.
This picture is of him and Drew Brees in his Osprey. Drew made rounds to the troops after last year's Super Bowl. My cousin got to fly him around.
Brian - not sure of rank - USAF
Just returned this last year from a couple years in India trainging their air force on a new jet. His normal aircraft is a C-17
|01-18-2012 10:45 AM|
Me, far left, and my buds at a bow range we ran in Basrah Iraq.
|01-18-2012 02:18 AM|
|TJNewbie||Waiting for the jets to come back (in some undisclosed location)|
|01-18-2012 01:45 AM|
My boyfriend when he was back in Iraq 08-09
|01-16-2012 12:17 PM|
He is still in Tech School down in Lackland. Security Forces. He is headed to Ramstein in a couple of months which is cool because Germany is home for us.
|01-16-2012 10:58 AM|
Ahh, good ole Kandahar! Lovely place, and the people are so nice in the city!
|01-15-2012 03:48 PM|
|Beastmaster||Me on the ramp @ Kandahar in Jan '02|
|01-15-2012 03:33 PM|
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