Consider the many famous people who got their start in the military, or as children of military parents, and you may agree that there's something about the military lifestyle that sets people up for greatness.
Maybe it's the challenges. Managing the multiple moves of changing PCS orders; acclimating your children to the military life; managing family finances when your military spouse is overseas on military deployment - these elements and more of the military lifestyle take strength and courage to manage successfully.
Maybe it's being part of a unique community. Today's military community of like-minded individuals affords many benefits. For one, you have access to military discounts on many products and services that can help you leverage your military pay. For two working-parent military families, military childcare options are available both on the military base and offsite, completely free or well within your budget. When you, your spouse or your children are ready to consider higher education, nothing matches the support of today's GI Bill.
The benefits are as endless as the gratitude felt for those who choose the military lifestyle, to serve and protect. There are groups and services available for you, through your military service branch and even online, to help you make the most of your own choice to live a successful military lifestyle.
The United States military has troops deployed in nearly 130 countries around the world performing a variety of duties. Some US deployments have existed for nearly 50 years, as in Japan, Germany, and South Korea; other deployments are more recent such as military deployments in Iraq.
Can family and financial planning lead to success in your military life? In fact, as the DoD noted, it's indeed the most direct route to military success. Because if you're serving in the military while you're preoccupied about your bills, your military family's care, or your credit card payments, you can't fully focus on achieving the goals of your military mission.
Soldiers deployed overseas during military service are trained to successfully complete their larger military missions, but on smaller scale, our military is also fighting the daily battle of morale. Life during military deployment can be trying both for military families left behind and for the soldiers far removed from familiar faces, friendly voices and the comforts most of us take for granted.
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