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I have been hopping back and forth between here and the MSN Military Fools site. LordHedgehog has brought up an idea that is worth pursuing, if for no other reason than to make my life easier.

He has started the ball rolling on putting together a whopping brief on money and all its intricacies geared towrds the military and its members. Basically, slapping everything together (in a logical order) and then being able to pull out select portions for specific briefs, overviews of the whole brief when you want to touch all bases and leave the in-depth for later, and a monster brief for those "How many hours can you fill?" days.

This would run the gamut. Scope so far looks like:

* The need for savings (the power of compound interest, etc)
* Success/Failure Stories
* Debt management / Budgeting
* Government Bonds
* TSP, Traditional IRAs, and Roth IRAs (Comparison of, etc)
* Redux and military retirement(Advantages/disadvantages, etc)
* Life Insurance (Term vs Whole, etc)
* Credit Ratings (Importance of, checking, etc)

And setting it up in the style of Fool school:

(1) Assessing your finances (Assessing net worth, good debt vs bad debt)
(2) Budgeting/LBYM (Getting out of debt)
(3) Saving for the future (IRAs, TSP, Bonds)
(4) Other Issues (Redux, Life Insurance, Credit Ratings, etc)

We would like to also point out military specific perks and how to use them (S&SRA, VA Loans), common perils that guys the first time away from home fall for (cash til payday loans, 21% interest on a car loan), and start a thread of military specific "specials", such as the free admission to King's Dominion deal (there is always a deal somewhere for servicemembers, this would be just to get the word out).

So if you have a brief, a slide show, more ideas, stories (success or failure, although I've gotten most of the failure stuff sewn up), or a wealth of knowledge to share, bring it up. We've got some bright people here, so it could be quite an asset. This could be a great tool for briefers and briefees alike.

Binkley
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