The key to a successful deployment is preparation. As with any life-changing event, the more prepared your family is to deal with the adjustments that need to be made, the easier it will be to cope with changes as they occur. Preparation for a potential deployment should begin well before deployment orders are actually received. This early preparation can reduce the stress everyone feels in the weeks leading up to the service member’s departure. Here are a few tips to assist you in making sure your next deployment is a successful one.
Know Your Resources
There are many local resources that are available to you. Start by contacting your Family Readiness Officer (FRO) who can provide you with specific information regarding the resources available at your installation. Your FRO will also help you get acquainted with your local Marine Corps Family Team Building team who can help you find the trainings and workshops that will most benefit you.
Pay It Forward
Remember some of the challenges you may have faced during the deployment, and lend a helping hand to another military family that could use some of your experience!
Marine Corps Family Team Building offers Readiness and Deployment Support workshops that help you cope with any challenges that may arise before, after and during deployments. Specific workshops are designed for Marines, spouses, children and family members to ensure that every member of the family is equipped to navigate deployments successfully. To learn more about Marine Corps Family Team Building and locate a Readiness and Deployment Support workshop near you, click here.
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