Your First 60 Days on Island – Hawaii 2017 TLA, COLA, and BAH Rates Explained

June 10, 2016

This is a guide to the benefits you receive during your first 60 days on island. Have a question? Ask the Facebook Group. The Good News: You Make Good Money While House Hunting Here’s a little secret about benefits while house hunting in Hawaii: Hotel cost is reimbursed for a maximum of 60 days Per diem […]

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Moving to Hawaii Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

May 14, 2016

1. Can I ship both of my cars to Hawaii? The government will only ship one of your cars for free. You will have to pay to ship the second vehicle. We used Pasha to ship our car and it cost $2,000 from South Carolina to Hawaii. 2. Is living in Hawaii expensive? Yes, but […]

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7 Ways to Watch US TV Overseas

July 18, 2015

1. Netflix Netflix has a lot of great content. They ship to APO addresses, although it does take a bit longer to receive the discs in the mail. Top Shows: Futurama, 30 Rock, How I Met your Mother, The Wonder Years (yeah that’s right!), Breaking Bad, Lost 2. Hulu During the first part of my […]

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Property Tax Rates by State

July 11, 2015

This calculator provides an average annual property tax bill, which can be used to estimate property tax before purchasing a home. I tested it against my home in South Carolina, and it was within $50. Select State: ALAKAZCACOCTDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYDC Enter Home Value: Result: The data is based on a 2010 study (PDF) of average owner-occupied state […]

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Five Books That Will Supercharge Your Military Career

August 20, 2012

Today I want to introduce you to five books that have influenced my life in every way. These books are straight forward and simple, but yield amazing results. 1. Getting Things Done by David Allen Productivity. It’s essential in today’s military. There’s not enough time to accomplish everything on your To Do list. Your head […]

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How to Pass the PT Test – When you Suck at PT

August 5, 2012

The PT test is stressful. You can’t prepare for it overnight, and there’s a lot riding on the line if you fail. If you’re like me and suck at PT, you need to put the odds in your favor. Here’s how: 1. Schedule your PT test well ahead of your annual report Do not take […]

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Hawaii Traffic and Commute Times

May 13, 2012

Before moving to Hawaii I heard about two problems: the traffic and the schools. Well I’m here on the island and I’m going to tell you the ground truth. Yes, O’ahu has bad traffic during certain times of day, in certain areas. But it’s not all bad! Why O’ahu Has Bad Traffic All of the […]

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Bad Grades in High School? No Problem

May 10, 2012

I graduated high school with a low 2.3 grade point average (GPA). This was good enough to get me into the Air Force, but it sure as hell wasn’t getting me into med school. Despite my low grades, a short three years after high school graduation I did the following: 1. Earned a full ROTC […]

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Shipping a Vehicle Overseas – Top 3 Tips

April 23, 2012

If you have orders to Germany, Hawaii, or some other amazing overseas location, then you need to ship a vehicle. The military pays to ship one of your cars, but you will have to foot the bill for a second. Here are my top tips for shipping your primary vehicle overseas with the government: 1. […]

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Skype: Receive Calls While Deployed

April 18, 2012

Skype is awesome. Walk through any barracks lucky enough to have internet access while deployed, and you’ll hear that familiar “boo bee boop” ring tone. Beyond using the free version of Skype, I recommend setting up a Skype phone number. That gives you a US based phone number, that rings when you are logged into Skype. […]

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