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Military Families: Preparing for Retirement

Retirement by itself is a life-changing event. Retiring from the military adds a whole other life-changing element. The military is a very structured environment, and moving to a civilian lifestyle is much less structured.   While this may feel overwhelming at times, there are several things that can help make the transition of retiring from the military easier. Here is a closer look at some things that may help you adapt better to this change.

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Big Changes in Military Retirement

While establishing goals for 2017, military members have critical decisions to make this year that could have huge implications to retirement planning and savings. Military ​retirement reform ​became law in November 2015 and takes effect officially on Jan. 1, 2018.

How does the new law impact military members?

The new law creates big changes for how retirement compensation is structured.

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What’s your financial big picture?

As a military member, you may already have a basic plan laid out for your future. You may be planning to start a family, purchase a home, or shop for a new vehicle. Either way, the best financial plans start with a big picture. With 2017 already in full swing, take the time to reflect on your specific goals, outside of how much they may cost or how limited you may feel your resources are.

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Organizing Important Records and Documents

A record-keeping system is a systematic approach to retaining and filing documents in a way that makes them easy to find when needed, even if it’s several years later. Record-keeping systems range from simple to elaborate and from basic to comprehensive. The ideal system is designed to fit your personal and family situation and lifestyle.

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Military: How much should you save for retirement?

Determining your retirement income needs is a process that helps you identify your retirement planning needs based on your desired standard of living and the resources you’ll have available. Today, you can typically no longer rely on Social Security benefits and a military pension check to fulfill all your retirement income needs.

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