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Discussion in 'Military Vets' started by Big Green, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. Big Green

    Big Green Pew Pew TGT Supporter

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    Any current or former National Guard folks?

    I've toyed with idea of more military service and called the recruiter earlier this week. Gonna go talk with them later in the week. I have 12 years on the books already between my active and reserve time. Only need 8 more years to be eligible for a retirement one day.

    The deployments to the border are worrisome though. I talked to a Trooper buddy I was in the Corps with who is down south and asked him about those guys and he mentioned some are on one year orders. I don't know how I would deal with that kind of a pay cut for 12 months.

    My brother-in-law mentioned having a chance at Warrant Officer school put into my contract. I need to actually call him to get details on that but that would make it much more appealing.
     


  2. Charlie

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    I could respond but it's been over 50 years that I was in the guard. Which means ... meaningless as to the current situations.
     
  3. gshayd

    gshayd Ugliest house on the block.

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    I would look into joining the Army Reserve. Deployments have kind of cooled off now. Don't have to worry about state call ups. It works out good for you at 12 years of active service. You have to serve eight years of service at a minimum to qualify for retirement anyway. If a guy had 17 years of active duty he would still have to serve 8 years of reserve duty to qualify for reserve retirement. With 12 years of active duty, you will draw a pretty hefty retirement check plus the health care benefits. You would start out with over 4300+ retirement points which are worth a certain value depending on your rank. .31713 cents is what a retirement point is worth for an E-6 with 20 years. Your current points for your previous active duty would net you with around $1300 at age 60 and that doesn't include the points for another 8 years. That is why some folks are doing as much active duty call ups for a year. You get a point per day for active duty call ups. I think the max inactive duty points you can get credit for retirement is 90 a year? with that, you could earn 1600+ a month at age 60 for retirement pay. Right now I am not 65 yet and I pay $21.00 a month for USFHP/Tricare medical insurance. At 65 I will have to enroll in Medicare part B and be enrolled in Tricare for life. I will have to pay over $100 a month for part B. However Tricare for life is free. My wife is on Medicare and has no copay for an office visit. so less the $21.00 a month I pay now and no copay It will come out even or better since I have a $20.00 copay for the doctor and a $30.00 copay for a specialist. I have probably spent $200 in copays this month. so it will even out paying for Part B on Medicare. Put that 12 years to work....
     
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  4. toddnjoyce

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    Hmmm. The only reason I would consider a Guard slot would be for Warrant Officer Flight Training, but you may be too old for that.

    If you want the time towards retirement, look at Civil Service and buy back your military time.

    If you’re really considering this, you need to have an ESGR-friendly employer.
     
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  5. BRD@66

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    ^this.
    I believe that he's 40ish -a mere child.
     
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  6. karlac

    karlac Gone fishin' ... TGT Supporter Lifetime Member

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    Glad to see that serving your country can be helpful in many ways in old age. Seriously!

    Know quite a few older folks who never knew of the options that existed, or even had the opportunity to take advantage of them.

    Good to see it ... Interwebz are good for something.
     
  7. toddnjoyce

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    With 8 more years of service in the National Guard you will be eligible for retirement pay and medical coverage at age 60. With your 12 years of active duty, plus 8 years of Guard time, that will be a very nice retirement income in your later years. Weigh that against the temporary loss of income, if any, during a deployment.
     
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  9. toddnjoyce

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    One thing I’ll add is to have a long term goal. Whether that’s as a technician, title 10 final tour, buying in to Civil Service, or the traditional route.

    When you know that goal, you can work backwards on the best way to make that happen.
     
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  10. Big Green

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    In my 40s!?!?!!! Y’all think I am OLD!!!







    I’m a young’un, 39.
     


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