Financial Readiness

Required

Holiday Survival Guide
  • Start Budgeting Early On
  • Download the 2019 HOLIDAY BUDGET
  • Make a List of Gift Recipients
  • Think Beyond Dollars for Gifts
  • Plan Your Travel Early
  • Stick To Your Budget

 




Can YOU complete the challenge in money management!

Misadventures in Money Management (MiMM) is a virtual financial education learning experience created by the CFPB Office of Servicemember Affairs. It fills a critical gap in consumer financial education topics for future servicemembers. The program is currently in use by all of the military services: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard.

Your Financial Road Map for Military Life

Arrival at First Duty Station
  • Soldiers Welcome Brief
  • Understand Your Benefits
  • Start Planning for Your PCS or ETS
  • Set Up Your 3 Year Goals
  • Establish / Build Up Your Emergency Fund
  • Take Advatange of Free Education and Seminars
Vesting in Your Thrift Savings Plan
  • Understand your Retirement Options
  • Blended Retirement
  • Retirement Pension
  • Learn about Compount Interest
  • Maximize Contributions
  • Understand Your Investment Options (G,F,C,S,I, & Lifecycle Funds)
Promotions
  • Review Your Budget
  • Maximize Savings
  • Avoid Lifestyle Inflation
  • Minimize Debt
  • Refocus and Update Your Goals
  • Work On Credit Score
  • Review TSP Contributions and Investment Funds.
Life Events
  • Marriage
  • Birth & Adoption
  • Divorce
  • Disabling Condition
  • Death
Deployments


  • Update Paperwork and Insurance Policies
  • Consider Freezing Your Credit Report
  • Set Up Credit Alerts
  • Review and Update Your Budget
  • Increase Savings
  • Understand Pay Allowances and Entitlements
  • Sit Down and Meet with a Financial Counselor at ACS
Career Transition
  • Examine Your Goals, Budget, and Savings
  • Attend SFL/TAP
  • Make Appointment with Retirement Service Office
  • Make Appointment with Education Center
  • Learn about Your VA Benefitis
  • Sit Down with an ACS Financial Counselor

Stay in the know on current financial topics!
Financial Resources for Military

Helpful financial readiness links include:

  • Thrift Savings Plan: A Federal Government-sponsored long-term retirement savings and investment plan, available for both Federal civilian employees and members of the uniformed services.
  • U.S. Savings Bonds: A shorter-term savings option with competitive interest rates and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States.
  • Military Saves: A component of the nonprofit America Saves and a partner in the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign, Military Saves seeks to motivate, support, and encourage military Families to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.
  • Office of Financial Readiness: You will find resources, education and support for every stage of financial readiness — whether you’re just getting started learning about finances, interested in tweaking your current plan, or ready to jump in with both feet. Our goal is to foster a financially secure and mission-ready force with every military family living their best life today and in the future.
  • Military OneSource: A Department of Defense-funded program that provides comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, National Guard, reserve members, and their Families.
  • Office of Servicemember Affairs: A component of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps to educate and empower military members, veterans, and their Families in the consumer financial marketplace.
  • Saveandinvest.org: A project of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, a free, unbiased resource dedicated to your financial health. Helps you make informed decisions through easy-to-use tools and resources, and arms you with the information you need to protect yourself from investment fraud.
  • On Your Own: Money. Life. Future.

 

Financial Readiness Classes and Workshops

First Termers Training

First Termers Training is a mandatory requirement for all Soldiers new to the Army.  Soldiers who have not completed their training prior to arrival at Fort Carson have two options for receiving their certificate. 

Option 1: Online class format through www.myarmyonesource.com This course is an 8 hour Foundation of Financial Readiness course that is required for all First Term Service Members. Class is found at www.myarmyonesource.com. When you have completed the training, print out a copy of your certificate and bring it to ACS, building 1526 to be signed.

Option 2:  Attend the First Termers Financial class in-person here at Fort Carson.  This is a 4-hour block of instruction to help Soldiers start their career with the Army with healthy financial habits.  

Smart Money Talks

Come Join us every 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30  to 7:30 p.m. Located within the main ACS Center, Building 1526. for our monthly Smart Money Talks class. Each month we will pick a best-selling finanical book to discuss.  Participants will receive a copy of their book for free and answer any questions related to the topic each month.

No registration required. Walk-ins welcome

2019 Class Schedule

Febuary 14 - The Index Card

March 14 - Mindful Money

April 11 - The Only Investment Guide you'll Ever Need

May 19 - Secrets of the Milionaire Mind

June 13 - The Opposite of Spoiled

July 11 - Investing 101

August 8 - Pogue's Basic Money

September 12 - Student Loans 101

October 10 - The 4 Hour Work Week

November 14 - What your Financial Investor isn't Telling you

December 12 - The Millionaire Next Door

Banking Management

1st Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the main Army community Service bldg. 1526.

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Maintaining a budget or spending plan is vital to our financial stability. However before we can successfully start our budgets we must know how to manage our bank accounts and review our  statements for not only accurate reporting of our spending but also to validate our records for any errors; after all even banks make mistakes. 

Military Consumer Guide
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Sign Up for Classes and Make Appointments

Click Here to be directed to Eventbrite to register for all our our free classes. To schedule appointments please call us at +1(719)526-4605.  

Hours of Operation

Monday 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Federal Holidays Closed

Contact Us

6303 Wetzel Ave.
Bldg. 1526
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Tel:
+1(719)526-4605

Military DSN Tel:
(312)619-4605

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