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Married to the military

Feb 20, 2009
Military couples and families often move every few years, making it difficult for civilian spouses to get good jobs. At Fort Knox, Ky., Marketplace's Amy Scott found some husbands and wives trying to make it work.

Ex-military in step with middle class

Feb 20, 2009
About half of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II parlayed their active duty into a middle-class civilian life. Can today's military personnel anticipate a similar future? Tess Vigeland asked military sociology professor David Segal.

Getting personal finances ship shape

Feb 20, 2009
The branches of the military consider financial fitness as important as physical training. About three years ago the Navy ramped up its financial counseling service. Tess Vigeland visited the San Diego Naval Base to see how it works.
Members of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard take classes to become command finance specialists. The Navy requires a finance specialist for every 75 sailors.
Tess Vigeland / Marketplace

Do combat personnel get fair pay?

Feb 20, 2009
Michael O'Hanlon at the Brookings Institution estimates the U.S. has spent more than $400,000 per troop in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, Tess Vigeland asks, is the pay in line with the duty?
Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution
Brookings Institution