Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin B. Gray

I was on the phone with a financial advisor the other day as I stared at an account summary page on my computer. The 529 college savings plan I opened when my son was an infant stared back at me. 

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Angelica I. Annastas

Don’t join the military.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Marcin Platek

I’m something of a science fiction fan, so the subject of time travel comes up from time to time. Movies, books, and short stories usually talk about big things like going to Germany and killing Hitler as a baby, but since the butterfly effect would be too strong there, I decided to address the smaller things, and just send myself a message with some tips on how to make my military career and life in general just a little better. Here’s the letter, I’d wish my pre-military self had received in 1991.

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