My brother-in-law, who is several years younger than me, is on the verge of retiring. He is one of the inspirations to my new goals and lifestyle. His ability to retire so early is largely due to the fact that he is in the military. He is very frugal, but has also been deployed several times. His time abroad allowed him to save the majority of his pay and accrue a significant amount of wealth quite quickly. Virtually all of his income from the time he spent overseas went directly into savings accounts and some investments. He left for another deployment in March. We all miss “Uncle,” but this hopefully will be his last trip. After one last year away, he will be ready to retire.