The foundation of DoD’s financial readiness programs are the four pillars of financial readiness, which include managing money, saving then investing, consumer protection, and planning for the future. As such, Financial Readiness Programs (MIL-FR) provide financial education, training, counseling, and information and referral services to assist customers with evaluating income and expenditures, budgeting, reducing debt, planning for retirement, accessing military benefit programs, and saving and investing for the future. Information addresses the effects of financial decisions on personal and professional lives, resources needed for prudent consumer decisions, and related services and supports.
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Research indicates that participation in financial education results in improved financial knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Examples of behavior changes include reviewing investment goals, developing an investment plan, creating a spending plan, establishing an emergency fund, reducing credit card debt, and increasing contributions to a retirement plan.