Military benefits and entitlements extend to service members and their families during all phases of the deployment cycle. Make sure you know what’s available.
Life in the military is about being ready for deployment. You may be duty-ready, but don’t overlook preparations on the home front. That includes having or updating essential legal documents, organizing your finances, creating a family care plan and designing a contingency plan in case things change. Get organized and prepared for your sake and your family’s.
Before you take off for your parent’s house or go anywhere when your spouse is deployed, consider the wide range of benefits and resources available to you if you remain on the installation, such as the commissary, exchange, community support. Staying put also ensures that your children maintain their routines during this time of transition and don’t experience further disruption to school and other activities.
While military families know how to stand strong, the stresses of deployment can bring extra challenges. At Military OneSource, we’re here to help — by connecting you to a wide array of programs and services designed for military families.
You may face challenges at some point before, during or after the deployment. Military OneSource is here to provide information and resources to help navigate through all phases of the deployment—from pre-deployment to homecoming.
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.
Deployment and separations can be tough on relationships – there’s no way around that. But you and your partner can take steps to prevent or minimize the strain and grow together through these times apart.
In the military, stress happens. And too much can affect performance, safety and well-being. During deployment, it is especially important to know the signs of stress and how to manage it.
Your head’s wrapped around the whole deployment thing. You know what you need to do, you’ve planned your deployment, and you’re ready — or at least you’re getting there. But deployment preparation has an extra, important step when you’re a parent — preparing your children for each phase of the deployment cycle (before deployment, deployment and after deployment).
Have a deployment in your future? This is where you and your partner team up for relationship resilience. Plan, trust, communicate—and be confident you’re ready to support your partner and keep your long-distance relationship strong.
You’re headed home after a deployment. It’s been a long time coming, and you deserve to celebrate. But it’s important to know what other adjustments you might face post-deployment, like how your children will respond to you after a long absence and how you will fit into the household routines.
When you and your family are preparing for a deployment, set savings goals that will make the most of your special payments.