Deployment services are education and support programs which assist family members and deploying commands to successfully manage separation/reunion cycles associated with military duty.
In order to reduce personal and family emergencies and stress of separation, the FFSC assists active duty, reservist, and mobilized reservist as well as their families to prepare for deployment; services are provided before, during, and after deployments.
Deployment services are tailored to the needs of an individual command and include collaboration with command leadership, ombudsman, and family support groups to develop the right mix of program subject matter for the varied target audiences.
The best time to prepare for deployment is before you receive your orders. Create a plan to manage your legal, financial and insurance details ahead of time.
Deployment can mean a lot of responsibility for the spouse at home — taking care of children, handling finances and managing the household. Learn how to cope. Feelings in this stage may include relief, anxiety, enthusiasm, pride, and sense of abandonment. Thoughts associated with these feelings include "Now I can get on with my life!" "He left me...he actually left me!" "What if something happens that I can't handle?" and "I'm handling things so much better than I thought I would!". Reactions during this phase may include a change in schedule (eating and sleeping habits), intense busyness, establishing routine, and being independent. The following are just a few resources that may be of assistance to you/your family during deployment.
Educators Guide to Military Child During Deployment
Emotional Cycles of Deployment
Parents Guide to Military Children During Deployment and Reunion
How to prepare our children and stay involved in their education during deployment...
Holiday Stress and Deployment
Post Deployment Information:
Despite the best of intentions, the service member or the partner at home may be too exhausted, busy, or anxious to prepare the way they would like to for the reunion. Combined with high expectations -- and sometimes unrealistic hopes -- for the reunion, this can lead to disappointment. Unpredictable timing can also get in the way of happy and relaxed reunions. Both partners need to understand that late flights, bad weather, incorrect passenger lists, family emergencies, and missed phone calls or messages can spoil even the most careful plans. What you can do? Do your best to find out and communicate the details of the return plan, and to keep yourself and your partner updated on any changes to the schedule. Make backup plans in case the flight arrives at a time when the partner at home can't be there. This might happen because of a work schedule, children's needs, a family emergency, or simply lack of advance notice. How will the service member get home? Are there phone numbers where the partner at home can be reached at different times of day and night? Plan something special for each other. The returning service member might bring gifts for those at home. The partner at home might plan a welcome-back meal or some other celebration. Be ready to be understanding and forgiving if the reality of the reunion doesn't match your plans and hopes.
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) standardizes a method for the Navy to account, assess, manage, and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their families affected and/or scattered by a wide-spread catastrophic event. The NFAAS provides valuable information to all levels of the Navy chain of command, allowing commanders to make strategic decisions which facilitate a return to stability.
NFAAS allows Navy Personnel to do the following:
- Report Accounting Status
- Update Contact/Location information
- Complete Needs Assessment
- View Reference Information