Transition Assistance

Military families experience deployment in stages

  • Pre-Deployment: Preparing to leave
  • Deployment: From departure through the first month of deployment
  • Sustainment: The months following the first month of deployment
  • Re-Deployment: The month prior to homecoming
  • Post-Deployment: Arriving at the Home Station

The Emotional Cycle of Deployment: A Military Family Perspective

This perspective describes typical reactions experienced in the five stages of deployment and offers suggestions for families about how to problem-solve issues that may arise during the deployment cycle.

Deployment Cycle Support

Deployment Cycle Support focuses on these three deployment stages: pre-deployment, re-Deployment, and post-deployment.

FAQs

Military families experience Deployment in different stages:

  • Pre-Deployment: Preparing to leave
  • Deployment: From departure through the first month of deployment
  • Sustainment: The months following the first month of deployment
  • Re-Deployment: The month prior to homecoming
  • Post-Deployment: Arriving at the Home Station

Military families may experience a number of reactions at each stage of deployment. For example, there are often a number of practical issues that need to be addressed prior to deployment, such as financial or childcare arrangements. Normal routines are often disrupted during deployment. Some individuals react to these decisions easier than others. Children reacting to the stress of a parent’s deployment may act out in any number of ways. Coping strategies and resources are available to help.

The Emotional Cycle of Deployment: A Military Family Perspective

Deployment Cycle Support