According to a recent analysis, workers in certain fields are seeing higher divorce rates by age 30. The highest divorce rate was for first-line enlisted military supervisors. They had a divorce rate of 30%. The occupation involves leading operations and coordinating the activities of enlisted military personnel.
When a Massachusetts parent serves in the military, their whole family is impacted by their service. Deployments and relocations present unique challenges that are faced each day by military families. For some, these challenges can take an enormous toll on the family dynamic. Moreover, military families who face a divorce may find that their situation becomes even more challenging. One parent's absence due to a military deployment plus the emotional weight of the divorce at home can be hard to navigate, particularly for children.
The current Reserve Component (RC) retirement is based on a combination of satisfactory years and points achieved each year. An RC member (that is, a member of the National Guard or Reserves) earns 15 points each year for participation, one point each day for two weeks of annual training and any other active duty time served, and points for weekend drills, performing funeral honors, and completing correspondence courses, depending on how many hours of work are performed. RC members must earn 50 points annually to have a satisfactory year.
The current military retirement system is a defined benefit system. Service members who serve honorably for 20 years become vested in the retirement system. When active-duty Service members retire, they receive a monthly pension calculated by multiplying the average of the service member's highest three years of continuous pay (the retired pay base) by 2.5% times the years of service (the retired pay multiplier).
A recent survey conducted by Blue Star Families, found that the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill education benefit remains the top benefit and powerful retention tool for military families. In 2016, 78% of service members either transferred or planned to transfer to a spouse or child this benefit as opposed to 76% in 2015 and 66% in 2014.
The Service members Civil Relief Act provides for a mandatory stay of at least ninety days upon a proper request by a qualifying servicemember "the court may on its own motion and shall, upon application by the servicemember, stay the action for a period of not less than 90 days, if certain conditions are met.
A LES (Leave and Earnings Statement) is the service member's pay stub. Service members receive a LES twice monthly; on the 15th of the month and the last day of the month. On the 15th of the month, the LES has no detail just the amount paid. On the last day of the month the LES will have a detailed breakdown.