Doug Nordman

We’re military veterans, not financial advisors. We’re trying to share what we’ve learned and to pay it forward – but you have to make your own decisions.

Doug Nordman served for 20 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force and retired in 2002 at the age of 41.  He and his spouse, a retired Navy Reservist, reached financial independence in 1999 on a high savings rate.

They’ve lived in Hawaii for over 29 years, and their daughter was born & raised on Oahu. These days Doug enjoys surfing, slow travel, writing, reading, home improvement, and more surfing.  

Doug is the author of “The Military Guide To Financial Independence And Retirement” and founder of The-Military-Guide.com.  (He donates all of his writing revenues to military-friendly charities.)  Their daughter and her spouse are both active-duty Navy, so military personal finance is an important family topic… almost as important as surfing.

In 2020, he published a second book, Raising Your Money-Savvy Family For Next Generation Financial Independence, with his daughter, Carol Pittner, as co-author.

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We have assembled the foundational information to get your start on the right foot down the FIRE path to financial independence.

How to Reach Financial Independence

Now that you know what FIRE is and why there is a growing movement of people who are aspiring to reach FIRE — or who have already succeeded — you might start wondering if this is something you could achieve.

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What is the Mega-Backdoor Roth Strategy?

Individuals with high incomes are usually not allowed to use a Roth IRA, but a mega-backdoor Roth conversion strategy is one way for these individuals to contribute up to $39,500 to a Roth IRA, get the tax-free benefits on the growth of these monies, and then withdraw the funds in retirement.