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Deployment Readiness

Pre-Deployment

Assist commands and individuals in preparing for a deployment by providing materials and a comprehensive checklist. Included in this pre-deployment preparation are emotional, financial and emergency preparedness.

 

For more information, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at (847) 688-3603, ext. 100 or visit the Fleet and Family Support Center, Bldg. 26, Naval Station Great Lakes.

During Deployment

You are never ready for the deployment of a loved one, but when it occurs suddenly, it can leave you emotionally drained. The FFSC is there to help you through the different emotional stages involved with deployment. During each of these stages, there is someone to listen and talk with you about the emotions you are experiencing.

 

For more information, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at (847) 688-3603, ext. 100 or visit the Fleet and Family Support Center, Bldg. 26, Naval Station Great Lakes.

 

Return and Reunion

The final stage of deployment is the anticipation of Return and Reunion. You and your spouse will have different expectations.

 

Emotional Ups and Downs of Deployment

Sailors have been deploying and their loved ones have awaited their return over the centuries, but that doesn’t mean deployments are easy. It’s not just daily life circumstances you must handle on your own; but also, the roller coaster of emotions with which you have to manage.

 

Much research has been done to understand the common feelings Sailors and their families experience when separated from each other due to a military assignment.  You may experience similar feelings or your reactions may be very different; there is no such thing as a “right” or “wrong” feeling.

 

If you find your feelings are hindering your daily activities, don’t hesitate to contact your Fleet and Family Support Center, a chaplain, medical or Military OneSource for assistance.

 

Typical reactions include the following:

 

Anticipation of Loss

Anticipating loss occurs before deployment. It’s a time of tension and confusing emotions. You may be angry and resentful of the hours required to get ready for departure. You may or may not talk about your fears and concerns. You may feel guilty that you are leaving your family and family members may feel abandoned and arguments and bickering may become routine. Although irritating, it can be a way for you to distance emotionally in preparation for the separation.

 

Detachment and Withdrawal

The day or two before deployment can be difficult. You stop sharing thoughts and feelings with others. This is a natural response as separation is imminent. Although physically together, you are separating emotionally. This can be especially difficult if it is seen as rejection rather than as a reaction to trying circumstances. Often non-deploying spouses think, “If you have to go, go.” And Sailors think, “Let’s get on with it!”

 

Emotional Disorganization

Once the deployment begins you may feel an initial sense of relief followed by guilt. You may feel disorganized, depressed, or restless. Old routines have been disrupted and new ones not yet established. Give yourself a few weeks, and you’ll begin to feel more in control.

 

Recovery

At some point during the deployment, new routines are established. You feel more comfortable with the reorganization of roles and responsibilities. New sources of support and a new sense of independence and freedom are developed.

 

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