Friends & Extended Family

Parents, siblings, grandparents, extended family, friends and loved ones of service members are a part of their service member’s network of support – as well as part of the extended military community. It’s honorable to have a warrior in your family or friend network. You may feel pride for your service member’s call to serve and even concern or curiosity about your service member’s military experiences. Military OneSource is committed to helping friends and extended family members better understand military life, military culture and the resources available to your service member.

Find information, insight and tips to help you support your service member and stay connected to military life, no matter where your service member is in the world or their military career.

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How to Support Your Service Member Before Deployment

Your service member has just told you that they’ve received “orders to mobilize” – that means they’ll soon be deployed. This is the moment they have trained for since they entered basic training: preparing to serve a greater mission wherever and whenever they are needed.

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Deployment Basics By Service Branch

The deployment cycle is the period of time from the notification of a deployment, through pre-deployment training, through the deployment, and immediately after deployment. Every deployment cycle is different, but here are some general things to know.

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Common Military Acronyms

Sometimes it feels like the military has a language all its own made entirely of acronyms and abbreviations. And while your service member is probably fluent in this strange tongue, you may need a little help to keep up.

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Military Promotions: What Friends and Family Should Know

A military promotion is a significant achievement in a service member’s career It’s a testament to their commitment, mastery of duties and skill, and to the service member’s leadership capabilities. Some promotions are more meaningful than others, especially as service members move up in rank.

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Military OneSource Virtual Resources Offer Personalized Support and Tools for Overall Well-Being

In times of change, it’s reassuring to have a trusted source of information, resources and support. For service members, that’s Military OneSource — available 24/7 to help service members and their families thrive.

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