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Before the Sailor deploys, he/she needs to ensure that they are physically, financially, and emotionally ready.

Physical Readiness

For single service members:

  • Secure household belongings
  • Arrange for storage of vehicle/ belongings
  • Hold/ forward all mail
  • Sign up parents for the Ombudsman/FRG newsletter
  • Complete all military checklists

For married service members parents:

  • Service all vehicles. Leave spouse with AAA membership and auto information
  • Discuss expectations of deployment. Care packages, letters, contact with other family members
  • Discuss all responsibilities the remaining spouse will assume while the service member is away. (IE: discipline of children, vacation planning, household maintenance…)
  • Update your wills (for you and your spouse)
  • Make a list of important documents, where they can be found, and make a list of important contact numbers easy to find.
  • Create a family emergency plan (especially for hurricane season)

Financial Readiness

  • Arrange for bills to be automatically drafted from account
  • Arrange for savings to be automatically deposited from pay
  • Ensure that spouse has information regarding Page 2, MyPay, SGLI, and any other financial holdings
  • Work out a budget for deployment

Emotional Readiness

Prior to deployment, the service member needs to also be aware of the emotional stages he/she (and the family) will experience.

  • Excitement
  • Worry
  • Out of control
  • Sense of despair
  • Distanced or clingy
  • Anxious
  • Rushed
  • Denial

Children will also go through a period of fear, sadness, and experience a feeling of abandonment prior to the parent’s deployment. Visit the Family areas of this website entitled Deployment Readiness and Children of Deployed for more information on this topic.

The main thing to remember is to maintain an open line of communication with your family and friends. Talk about what you’re going through. The time you spend doing so will better prepare you for what’s down the road. You’ll find that when you are emotionally ready for a deployment, you are better able to handle the stress of the separation and take care of yourself and your family.

What Will Happen
… When the military notifies you of a deployment there are several steps that usually occur:

  • The service member receives orders to report. This should be no less than 60 days out.
  • The service member will complete their pre-deployment checklist. Copies of this checklist can be found on the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center website: 1-(877) 364-4302.
  • The Sailor will go to the Navy Mobilization Processing Site.
  • The Sailor will go to Fort Jackson, SC for Combat Skills Training given by the Army.
  • The service member is then transported to the TAD assignment.
  • At Ft. Jackson, the Sailor will be given a minimum of two weeks of training to include weapons qualifications, convoy ops, urban ops, code of conduct, first aid, and cultural awareness training. This is also where uniforms and gear (weapons, TA-50) are issued.

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