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1 Welcome to the Adventure of Military Life! 1 Dealing with Jargon, Political Correctness, and Other Nonsense 2 2 Your First Day as CinCHouse 6 Getting Documented 6 Getting to Know Your Base 10 3 Controlling Your Family's Destiny 14 Getting Started in the Military 15 Understanding Career Tracks 17 The Daily Grind 18 The Reality of Relocation 20 Reservists' Duties 24 Differences Between Military and Civilian Jobs 24 4 Community and Family Resources 27 Government and Nonprofit Organizations 27 Civil Servants vs. Bureaucrats: How to Get Business Done on Base 33 Spouse Clubs and Command Family Support Groups 35 What Are Other Military Wives and Female Servicemembers Like, Anyway? 37 The Case for Getting Involved 39 5 Protocol, or How to Get Along in a Hierarchy 42 Ranks and Privileges 42 What the Uniform Means 45 And Your Name Is ... ? 50 What to Wear? The Appropriate Dress for Every Military Occasion 52 6 Your Portable Career 57 7 Personal Finances-Military Style 65 How Military Pay Works 65 Reserve Pay 71 How to Read a Leave and Earnings Statement (Pay Stub) 72 Taxable vs. Nontaxable Income 82 Problems with Military Pay 82 Direct Deposit 83 Tax and Regulatory Benefits 83 Lower Your Interest Rates by Going to War 85 Retirement Benefits 86 How Politics Affects Your Retirement 88 Survivor's Benefits and Life Insurance 89 Educational Benefits 91 8 Health Care Benefits 94 Myths About Military vs. Civilian Care 94 Tricare: The HMO for the Military 97 How Tricare's Coverage Rates 99 Tricks for Getting the Best Health Care 101 Tricare Regions and Contact Information 104 Dental Care 106 9 Relocation and Housing 108 Moving Your Household Goods 109 Reimbursement for Your Travel 112 House-Hunting Leave 116 The Logistical Process of Moving with the Military 118 Storage 119 Shipping Your Cars 120 Shipping a Mobile Home 121 Shipping Your Boat 121 Shipping Firearms 122 Relocating Pets 122 Traveling Overseas 123 Moving Out 125 The Big Trip 130 Moving In 130 Housing 135 Easing the Transition to a New Community 138 Pearls of Wisdom for a Great Move 140 Master Relocation Checklist 141 10 Marriage Hoo-ah! 146 Creating a Family Strategy and Lifetime Dreams 146 A Big "If" 152 Calling All Military Men: Better Ways to Communicate with Your Wife 155 Handling Deployment Separation Together 156 Extra Parenting Skills for Military Couples 161 11 The Adventures of Military Life 165 Furnishing a Military Household 165 How to Vacation at Almost No Cost 169 Children's Activities (for Kids from 2 to 92) 171 12 What Happens When the Worst Happens- and What to Do 173 When a Servicemember Dies 173 When You Must Live Near an Ailing Family Member 174 If You Must Separate from an Abusive Spouse 174 When Your Servicemember's Pay Gets Screwed Up and You Have No Money for Groceries or Bills 175 When You Have Emergency Expenses 175 When You Desperately Need to Track Down a Deployed Servicemember 175 When Both Parents or a Single Parent Is in the Military and Forced to Deploy 176 13 Preventing Trouble in Paradise 177 14 Really Stupid Acronyms and Jargon 181