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Nov 14, 2009 7:05 pm

I did a forum search for "First Command" and was surprised to see no results. I know this company caters to military, and several of the employees are prior military. As a soon-to-be military retiree, I'm looking to get into the FA business and wondered what the general FA consensus was for working at this company. Thanks for any advice in advance.

Nov 14, 2009 7:16 pm

As a veteran and someone who has 80% military clients, you really need to stay away from them.



They are crooks, their program is substandard and they are the most worthless people you will ever meet. I know Army13A has some experience with them through a friend of his that worked there. If he vouches for the guy, then not all of the people are bad.



If you are military and want to get into the business, Edward Jones is a good idea.



Stay away from First COMMAND. THEY HAVE A HISTORY OF A$$-RAPING OUR MILITARY.

Nov 14, 2009 7:23 pm

I can't reiterate enough that First Command needs to stay off of your list.

Nov 14, 2009 7:48 pm

Moraen,



     Thanks for the advice. I'm pretty familiar with FC's model...I've never used them, but I have several friends who have been brain washed by them. I know they got in trouble a couple years ago for their aggressive tactics in targeting the military, and I thought they were forced into changing their model into something more fair. But I really don't know for sure.

    Regarding EDJ...I've seen a lot of similar negative feelings on this board regarding them. Why would they be a good fit for a military retiree?

Nov 14, 2009 7:54 pm
Flyjetz:

Moraen,



     Thanks for the advice. I'm pretty familiar with FC's model...I've never used them, but I have several friends who have been brain washed by them. I know they got in trouble a couple years ago for their aggressive tactics in targeting the military, and I thought they were forced into changing their model into something more fair. But I really don't know for sure.

    Regarding EDJ...I've seen a lot of similar negative feelings on this board regarding them. Why would they be a good fit for a military retiree?





I started at Jones. In all fairness, they have a good training system. Great place to start. They also treat military fairly well.



I was never a good fit for them, so after the initial charm of being a combat vet wore off, I started to get the cold shoulder.



Depends on you. MSSB might be a good fit too.



To be perfectly honest, I only know Jones and being on my own. You could ROOGLE this topic and find some pros and cons for different firms.



If you want more info from me on Jones and my experience or being independent, PM me. I'm always willing to help out a fellow veteran. My guess is either Naval aviator or AF pilot? My brother flew MC-130s for 12 years.

Nov 14, 2009 8:33 pm
Moraen:


Depends on you. MSSB might be a good fit too.



To be perfectly honest, I only know Jones and being on my own. You could ROOGLE this topic and find some pros and cons for different firms.



If you want more info from me on Jones and my experience or being independent, PM me. I'm always willing to help out a fellow veteran. My guess is either Naval aviator or AF pilot? My brother flew MC-130s for 12 years.





I have plenty more specifics to ask you...PM on the way. AF Pilot?...gee...how did you ever guess? B-52 pilot to be exact...with a couple hundred C-130 hours over Iraq.

Nov 16, 2009 9:52 am

Do not and I repeat do not consider First Command.....Take more time and look at all of your options....

Nov 16, 2009 10:38 am

I am also in a military town and can say that FC is not too well respected among the more affluent investor.  I believe you could build a business there with TSP referrals, but it would more than likely be many, many small accounts.  You could possibly use them to get started in the business and learn the basics, but in my opinion you would lose respect from your peers.  

Nov 16, 2009 11:17 am
Flyjetz:

I did a forum search for "First Command" and was surprised to see no results. I know this company caters to military, and several of the employees are prior military. As a soon-to-be military retiree, I'm looking to get into the FA business and wondered what the general FA consensus was for working at this company. Thanks for any advice in advance.

 
We have a few vets in our region (Jones).  if you would like to speak with any of them, I would be happy to give you their contact info.  Just PM me.
Nov 16, 2009 11:20 am

One other thing - I am in a military town.  Although you wouldn't make a lot off current/recent military personnel, half our area is military retirees.  Most of them got out and went on to other careers, and have amassed quite a small fortune.  In any case, FA's that are military vets are looked upon very well.  Many vets like to give business to fellow vets.

Good luck, and thanks for your service.