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Everything #29 said, plus the option of going GS (of course, before retiring you "create" your new job). 20 yrs in the service is probably the fastest and lowest risk way to FIRE. Too bad so many young members blow their salary and reup bonuses on spinners and coffee can tailpipes. When single, a member living in quarters and taking advantage of cheap MWR concessions can live a pretty darn good live for chump change. Add in favorable tax treatment, specialty pay, etc and a guy/gal with a HS diploma can do well. If I knew then what I know now, I'd have enlisted at 17, saved my folks the cost of my education, banked $ and service years, become a mustang and retired as an O-5 (or maybe stick around for O-6 if I was having fun) in my late 30's. Heck, I work with service members now, harder than a lot of them and get half the bennies.

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