Forever GI Bill Slide Set

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Here is the PDF of a slide set that explains the changes enacted with the Forever GI Bill:

Forever GI Bill Plain Language

Weapons of Mass Destruction/Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Medical Specialist AQD

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Similar to what the Global Health Engagement community did, there is a new pathway to apply for recognition as a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)/Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Medical Specialist. Anyone interested can find the packet containing all the info here:

WMD CBRN AQD Guide

Don’t Worry – I Can’t Update My Record Either

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I’m in zone for O6 next year, so I’ve been trying to update my record. On the whole, my record is up-to-date on a near continuous basis. As the guy who wrote the book…I mean wrote the PDF…on updating your record, updating my record is one way to make sure that the Promo Prep document is accurate. For this post, I thought it might be interesting to tell you that even I can’t update my record easily.

My Extra Navy Comm

Before I became the Detailer, I had three Navy Commendation Medals. My record said that I only had two. I followed all of the procedures detailed on the Navy Awards Page. Suddenly I not two…not three…but FOUR Navy Comms!

I did everything I could to remove this extra Comm from my record, but I wasn’t actually able to make it happen until I became the Detailer, found the huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan who controls awards, and had him fix it.

The Elusive JPME I AQD

Earlier this year I finished Joint Professional Military Education I, which gets you Additional Qualification Designator (AQD) JS7. Normally Detailers add AQDs, but they can’t add JPME AQDs. For that you have to follow the procedures on this page. As you can read, it says that as long as you e-mail them your JPME letter/diploma, the AQD will be added within 30 days.

I followed the instructions, and it wasn’t added. Only by having the Detailer submit the documents, did the AQD get added. (Thanks, Rich.)

The Missing Service School

Finally, I also completed another service school this year, the MHS Capstone. I submitted my completion certificate to NSIPS, but the school is still not reflected on my Officer Service Record or Officer Data Card.

If I Can’t Update My Record, What Should You Do?

Read the Promo Prep, and do what it says. If it doesn’t work, try one more time.

If after the second time you are still unsuccessful, give up. Yes, give up.

Just send a letter to the promotion board explaining that you’ve tried unsuccessfully to update your record, and include any supporting documents as enclosures with the letter.

No, sending a letter to the board will not update your record permanently. After the board they shred/destroy everything that was sent to them. You’ll continue to have these omissions on your record for every promotion board until it is fixed.

Can’t Fix Your Record?

Try once. Try a second time. Eventually you have to say, “Enough is enough.”

When you get to this point, just send the letter.

The Investment Company Price War and the Thrift Savings Plan

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The three largest investment firms have been lowering the cost of their index mutual funds and exchanged traded funds (ETFs) in a price war. How does this price war and the resulting costs compare to the Thrift Savings Plan, which has also had historically low costs on their investments? Read more here:

The Investment Company Price War and the Thrift Savings Plan

 

What You Need To Know About The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

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There is a great post on the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) over at WhiteCoatInvestor.com that you should check out:

What You Need To Know About The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

New SECNAV’s Department of the Navy Mission, Vision, and Priorities

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Sailors, Marines and Civilian Teammates, (PDF of the original letter here)

As I stated in my confirmation hearing, I have discussed priorities that must be at the forefront of every action. Our mission, vision and priorities for the Department of the Navy are listed below.

I call upon you to make every effort count and to align your goals with our priorities. I look forward to making progress alongside you in these areas.

Mission: The Department of the Navy will recruit, train, equip and organize to deliver combat ready Naval forces to win conflicts and wars while maintaining security and deterrence through sustained forward presence.

Vision: We are an integrated Naval force that will provide maritime dominance for the Nation.

To accomplish this in the face of current and emerging challenges, we must renew our sense of urgency and speed of execution throughout the entire organization. Our core values and accountability at the individual and organizational levels will shape our culture and guide our actions.

Priorities: Our priorities center on People, Capabilities and Processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships. Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.

People: Our military and civilian workforce is our greatest resource.

  • We will enhance the performance of our force by improving policies, programs and training.
  • The organization will capitalize on its best talent today, retain that talent over the long term, and find ways to continue to recruit the best people for the mission of the future.
  • Our military and civilian team will be measured against the highest ethical standards for every task and mission.

Capabilities: We will be capable of providing maritime dominance and power projection required by the Nation.

  • The organization will focus on training, modernization and maintenance in order to achieve a high state of readiness and enhanced lethality, now and in the future.

Processes: We must improve our processes in order for our people to meet future challenges.

  • We will drive efficiency, adopt and implement new ideas, and leverage leading practices from industry and academia to positively impact and support acquisition, manpower, research, and operational processes.

Our actions across these priorities will ensure mission success today and in the future.

Reader Poll – Continue Financial Posts or Not?

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As I announced here, I am now blogging for another site focused on personal finance for people in the military called MilitaryMillions.com. For example, here is a Blended Retirement System (BRS) Resource Center I created over there.

My plan was to transition all financial content to that new site because duplicating it in two different places is tedious and it is easy to follow the financial blog if you want that content. I’m curious, though, what MCCareer.org readers want.

For example, yesterday I found another PDF of frequently asked questions on the BRS. I ask you, the readers of MCCareer.org, what you would have wanted me to do with that PDF. Use the poll below so I get an idea of what you guys want: