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Take Action: Financial Literacy Month – Important lifetime decisions

Hopefully by now everyone is aware that BRS stands for ‘blended retirement system.’ And hopefully, many of you actually know that is the new modernized retirement system for the Coast Guard. But even with all of the information about BRS at your fingertips, maybe you haven’t given it the full attention it needs! Well, this month is the perfect month to devote some time to really learning about and truly understanding BRS. It is an important lifetime decision!


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Take Action: Financial Literacy Month – Free financial advice

We’ve all heard the saying “money doesn’t grow on trees,” but do we really think about that saying and use it to help us make decisions? Maybe there are times that you don’t pay enough attention to your budget, or maybe you are wondering how to best invest your money. Well the good news is, as a member of the Coast Guard workforce, there are services and resources afforded to you free of charge. Read the full blog to learn about these services that will help you understand and manage your finances.


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Spring into Action: Five national campaigns to know this month

April is “Spring into Action Month” that will highlight five national campaigns: Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Alcohol Awareness Month, Month of the Military Child, Volunteer Month, and Financial Literacy Month all require us to take action of some kind. Throughout the month of April, we will highlight how even the smallest action can make a big impact to those around you.


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Webinar: How Thrift Savings Plan works with new Blended Retirement System

Military OneSource is offering a free webinar that will give military members an overview of the Thrift Savings Plan and how it works under the new Blended Retirement System.


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General Messages Weekly Round-up

Multiple award solicitations, Reserve updates, Blended Retirement System and conferences are on deck for this week’s Round-up!


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From the Homefront: Blended Retirement System Opt-In Training is for spouses too

As a dependent, did you know that there is a new Blended Retirement System (BRS) that your spouse may be eligible for? Beginning in 2018, active duty members with fewer than 12 years of service or reserve members with fewer than 4,320 points can choose to enroll in the modernized BRS. Deciding when to retire is a big decision; one that affects the whole family for years to come. Read the full post to learn more about BRS training that is now available to military spouses to help your family decide what is right for you!


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Blended Retirement System Opt-In Training: Are you required?

Learn more about the Blended Retirement System Opt-In training. The training is mandatory for eligible servicemembers and highly encouraged for their family members to ensure you can make an educated, well-informed decision together.


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Paratus Report: Episode 16

The Paratus Report is back with a new look and some great information! Check out the latest episode in this All Hands blog.


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General Messages Weekly Round-up

This week’s General Messages Weekly Round-up announces the next Uniform Board convening and a solicitation for the Ombudsman of the Year award, as well as provides important information regarding Blended Retirement System (BRS) Mandatory Training. Read the full post to find out more!


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Blended Retirement System: Mandatory training for all E-6 and above

Are you current on the new Blended Retirement System? Do you have all of the information you need to answer your subordinate’s questions? Fear not! The BRS Leader Training is mandatory for all E-6 and above and civilian supervisors to ensure leadership is properly prepared to assist their people in understanding they have a decision to make; either opting into the new Blended Retirement System or remaining in the Legacy Retirement System. View the full post to ensure you meet the deadline to complete the training.