When it comes time for deployment, our service members receive a mile-long list of boxes they have to check. During that time, it’s easy to forget to check the boxes on the other deployment list—our deployment list.
In the midst of packing bags and saying goodbye during your service member’s pre-deployment, emotions are running high. It’s difficult enough to make time for the grocery store, let alone worry about organizing your finances for the next few months or years. However, it is imperative to have this conversation with your spouse before they leave, especially if you will be paying the bills.
Through my 20 years of experience as a leader in the Marine Corps and current position as the business development officer and military relations representative at Miramar Federal Credit Union, I have a few valuable tips that will make this transition as easy as possible.
You haven’t even left yet, so it may seem strange to think about leave. Lots of emotions can come into play at the last minute, so having this discussion before you leave will let you all consider the practical aspects.
When your family is getting ready for a deployment or extended temporary, it can seem overwhelming to remember everything that needs to be done. Over the years, we’ve found that there are some specific topics that your family should sit and discuss together before you leave. If you talk about these up front, then when something arises, it’s easier and quicker to make a decision or take an action based on your discussion.
Here are the discussions you must have before deployment or TDY:
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