Deployment: 10 Tips for Coping with It

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Deployment can be a scary time for anyone in the military. That doesn’t mean that you have to go through this process alone. If you are facing deployment, there are some things that you need to bear in mind as you go through this journey. Family, friends, and children all need to know that you are okay. Maintaining healthy relationships during deployment is a must.

Here are ten tips that you can use to help you cope.

1.    Make Use of Technology

Technology is an incredible thing, so use it! Skype, Facetime,  any social media platform, and email can provide an excellent means of communication with your loved ones. Making use of technology means that you can spend time together, even if you are thousands of miles apart.

2.    Have a Contact List

If you are the one being deployed, it may be wise to take a contact list with you. Friends, family, and parents will all want to keep in touch with you. What could be better than receiving letters on camp? It’s great for your morale as well as theirs.

3.    Remember to Speak to Each Other as Often as Possible

Being on duty can be tough for maintaining contact. But, ensuring that you are proactive in contacting your loved ones is one of the best things that you can do. It can combat the feeling of homesickness in you and your loved ones.

4.    Keep Your Spouse in the Loop

Keep them in the loop about things that are happening on base. But, also ask about what is going on back at home. Ask about the kids, their schoolwork and their behavior. Take the time to ask how they are. After all, everyone will be feeling the pinch. Two way communication is a must and it’s one of the best ways to keep connected to those you love the most.

5.    Be Supportive

While you are naturally going to miss your spouse, you need to keep them upbeat and positive about their deployment. Soldiers, see it from your spouse’s perspective. Quell their fears and support each other. It’s time to talk and put these fears to bed.

6.    Maintain a Healthy Relationship

A healthy relationship is a must for any military personnel and their loved ones. Send emails, photos and letters to ensure that you are keeping your relationship on track. Absence can make the heart grow fonder, but you have to work on this.

7.    Keep to a Routine

Civilian life should always have a routine. For those being deployed, routine can become a thing of the past. If you have children, keep them happy by sticking to their schedules. Upsetting the balance of home life can make it difficult for children to cope with. That way, they will not feel as impacted by the deployment.

8.    Be Honest, Open, and Communicative

Being honest, open and communicative is the key to dealing with deployment. Talk about fears, hopes, and dreams. Discuss everything and make sure that you are doing all that you can to remain open and honest about your relationship and the future. This is imperative to maintaining a healthy relationship.

9.    Be Sensible: Managing Expectations

Of course, the harsh reality of deployment can be a frightening time, especially for your loved ones back home. Making unrealistic goals can be damaging. Be sensible; manage your spouse’s expectations of when you will return home and what will happen while you are away.

10.    Discuss Your Finances

Talk of finances may be dull, but it’s important that these are discussed when you are about to be deployed. Talking about how the home life will continue once you have been deployed can be difficult, but you need to talk about money so that everyone is happy. You will feel more assured by having this conversation with your loved ones. Knowing that everything is in place while you are away can help you cope to a greater extent.

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