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Deployment is a part of life for many military families. When duty calls, military men and women must go, and that can be hard on everyone. Here are some resources from all branches of the military to help you and your family cope with the challenges that often results with deployment.

Pre-deployment Guide

Being separated from family and friends is never easy, but the Air Force Crossroad's Predeployment Guide can make it a more bearable experience for you. The PreDeployment Guide will answer your questions on deployment as well as the reunion of friends and family.

Below are useful sites available from the other branches of the service on preparing for deployment.

Operation Ready

Operation Ready is a training and information resource which was developed by Army Community Services following the Persian Gulf. It is based on lessons learned in deployment.

Pre-deployment Briefings

Whether it's your first deployment or your tenth, seasoned and experienced Navy and Marine Corps spouses of active duty and reserve members should attend pre-deployment briefings given by the command. There is always something new to learn.

Pre-Deployment Tips

  • Prepare well in advance of your deployment for peace of mind. Have wills drafted or updated and get life insurance.
  • Create a monthly spending plan.
  • Set up allotments or automatic payments at your financial institution to make sure your bills are paid on time.
  • Have your car serviced before you leave.
  • Plan for childcare.
  • Check to see if you can reduce any recurring expenses while you're gone (put vehicle in "off-road status" with insurance; put cell phone, newspaper, and other subscriptions on "vacation" or similar status.)