Thank you Dude. Giving up military service would be difficult for me as it is ingrained in my blood. My dad and older brother are retired AF and my little brother is active duty AF. Financially, I have been on active duty orders for the last two years. That has been my only job since I graduated college in 2016. I actually acquired Lyme measuring trees for an independent study class. Even though I have financially relied on the military the last two years with my skills learned through my military career (Intelligence) and my Bachelor's degree I can certainly find another job that will make me financially stable.
Thanks for your perspective! I have a lot to think about over the next several months as I make my decision.
Being so young and having that education and experience, you should definitely be in a good position, employment-wise!
Given your comment about
your other family members and their Military service, I would just add to make sure that you're doing what you want and not what you think others expect of you. It seems like you're doing so, but I just wanted to offer that suggestion.
The years pass quickly and people can easily get caught-up in starting a job, making a living, buying a house, having a family, paying-off debts, etc., that they forget (or, perhaps never consider) to enjoy what they do for a career.
The mindset of my parents' generation was just to get a job - any job - and be grateful for what you have. So, for some years, I had that mindset, too. I didn't like a lot of my jobs, but I stayed with them, because they paid well and most people I knew didn't like their jobs, either. The old saying was: "That's why they call it 'work!'" But, doing something for years or decades that one doesn't enjoy can take a toll.
Anyway, I get the sense that you're further ahead than I was at your age. So, you're probably doing just fine.
The only other thing I would mention, now that I think about
it, is to save AT LEAST 10% of your income (more is better) in some long-term, diversified investments. Get some professional help with this and use a fee-based advisor and not a commission-based advisor!
Ask anyone in their 50s or older and you're likely to hear this comment lament: "I wish I had started saving sooner." You're young, so time (and, compound interest) is your friend. You can put-aside less money each month over a longer period of time and have a lot more money than trying to start in your 30s, 40s, or later and trying to play "catch-up." In fact, much of the time, most people cannot catch-up.
I nag every young person about
this, so I don't mean to sound overly-preachy to you.
A good, easy-to-follow book is "The Truth about
Money" by Ric Edelman. I've given copies to several young folks getting started in their lives, though the book is good for anyone at any age. It's $13.46 on Amazon.com and will return an exponential yield on the small investment. Do yourself a favor and get it.The Truth about Money
by Ric Edelman/bit.ly/2xMoWVZ
Good luck, amigo!
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