Promotions in the Military, Blended Retirement and More

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How Your Service Member Will Benefit from the Military’s New Blended Retirement System
Learn about the military’s new Blended Retirement System, which extends benefits to more service members and provides new ways for them to build financial security. By encouraging your loved one to fully participate in the BRS, you can have a big impact on their financial well-being down the road.
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Understanding Common Military Traditions and Customs
The military is built on traditions and customs, and as a result its members share a connection. As a family member or friend of a service member, it’s helpful to learn about the traditions that are important to your loved one’s military life. Learn about some of the most common military customs for all service branches.

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Military Promotions: What Friends and Family Should Know
Promotions are at the heart of military culture. If your service member is promoted, you can be proud because they have proven themselves with months, or even years, of hard work and dedication. As a loved one, understanding the significance and impact of your service member’s next promotion can help you prepare for this milestone.

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