Military Investing

Dear Dave,

My wife and I are both active duty Marines. She's planning to get out in a few months, but I'm staying in for the long haul. You recommend saving 15 percent for retirement, but how does that apply in my case when I'll be getting a good pension after 20 years?

James

Dear James,

I'd like to see you do both. Just imagine the money you guys would have for retirement with your military pension and a big pile of cash from having saved 15 percent of your income over the years!

Having options is a great thing. Think about all the things you could do down the road if you save for retirement and have your pension in place. You could pay cash for a home, or even open a business when you retire from the military. And these are things you probably wouldn't be able to do working with just your service pension.

You've got a great future if you'll just keep plugging along and saving, James. Let the military do its thing, and you guys keep pumping 15 percent of your income into Roth IRAs and other pre-tax retirement plans. It's going to be pretty cool!

- Dave

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