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Pre Deployment Separation Brief


This brief was created to present to soldiers preparing to go downrange.

This brief was created to present to soldiers preparing to go downrange.

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  • 1. Pre-Deployment Separation Briefing CH(CPT) Keith J. Andrews TF-Ram Chaplain
  • 2. Purpose Highlight common problems that occur as a result of separation and address recommendations to resolve these problems before and when they occur.
  • 3. Expectations
  • 4. Single Soldier You experience the same emotions and relationship stresses of deployment. Deployments can be just as demanding for the single military member. You have an additional burden of finding a reliable individual to handle your personal affairs during your absence.
  • 5. Separation Reality Separation is a process Anxiety is normal Change Will Occur
  • 6. Understanding Yourself
    • Focused on the mission
    • Develop lasting friendships
    • Experience varying levels of stress
    • Feel concerned and disconnected from your family
    During the deployment you will be:
  • 7. Understanding Yourself Upon Returning Home, You May:
      • Find your whole family routine is changed
      • Be stand-offish from those you care about
      • Not want to talk about your deployment
      • Anxious about intimacy
      • Feel hurt when your children are afraid of you
  • 8. Understanding Your Spouse During deployment, your spouse may have:
      • Experienced changes
      • Felt stressed or overwhelmed
      • Assumed added responsibilities
      • Experienced a temporary relocation
      • Become involved in different activities and friends
  • 9. The Emotional Cycle of Deployment: A Military Family Perspective Adapted from Article Published in the Apr-Jun 2001 edition of U.S. Army Medical Department Journal. Time Adjusted from Six Month Model to 15 Month Model
  • 10. Pre-Deployment
    • Anticipation of loss
    • Denial
    • Train-up/long hours away
    • Getting affairs in order
    • Mental/physical distance
    • Arguments
    Time frame: months prior
  • 11. Deployment
    • Mixed emotions/relief
    • Disoriented/overwhelmed
    • Numb, sad, alone
    • Sleep difficulty
    • Security issues
    Time frame: first month
  • 12. Sustainment
    • New routines established
    • New sources of support
    • Feel more in control
    • Independence
    • Confidence ("I can do this")
    Time frame: months 2 thru 12
  • 13. Re-Deployment Time frame: months 12 thru 15
    • Anticipation Excitement
    • Apprehension
    • Burst of energy/"nesting"
    • Difficulty making decisions
  • 14. Post-Deployment Time frame: 3 to 6 months after
    • Honeymoon period
    • Loss of independence
    • Need for "own" space
    • Renegotiating routines
    • Reintegrating into family
  • 15. Deployment Cycle Deployment Pre-deployment Sustainment Redeployment Post-Deployment
  • 16. Planning For Success
  • 17. Two Key Statements for Separation Plan Ahead Communicate Expectations
  • 18. Obstacles To Success Alcohol Criticisms Avoid the “Who Had It Worse” Game Unresolved Issues Unrealistic Expectations
  • 19.
    • How both of you feel,
    • What you worry about,
    • How to handle emergencies
    • Repair problems
    • What you think needs to be done around the house
    Discuss with your spouse the deployment Discuss these things BEFORE you depart on a deployment.
  • 20. Develop a Communication Plan
    • Letters
    • Internet
    • E-mail
    • Phone
    • American Red Cross
  • 21. Separating from your Spouse
    • Be honest.
    • Talk about your anxieties.
    • Anticipate Mood swings
    Understand that No amount of planning or talking prepares you for the moment of departure.
  • 22. Children
    • Anticipate the problems and discuss them with the entire family.
    • Focus on successes; limit criticism
    • Take personal time with each child
    • Talk to your children before the deployment begins.
    • Plan for Communicating
    • Help Children to plan for the departure
  • 23. Online Resource with Parent/Child Video Parents Video Helping Children Cope With Deployment
  • 24. You can get help and support!
    • For the Spouse
    • Other family members
    • Friends
    • FRG
    • Rear Detactment
    • Chaplains
    • Church community
    • Counseling services
  • 25.
    • For the Soldier
    • Battle Buddy
    • Other soldiers
    • Friends
    • Other family members
    • Chaplains
    • Chain of command
    • Counseling Services
    You can get help and support!
  • 26.
    • Military One Source
    • My Army Life Too
    • Army vFRG
    Online Resources
  • 27. References
    • The Emotional Cycle of Deployment: A Military Family Perspective: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal. Apr-Jun 2001by LTC Simon H. Pincus, USA, MC, COL Robert House, USAR, MC, LTC (P) Joseph Christenson, USA, MC, and CAPT Lawrence E. Adler, MC, USNR-R
    • One Day Redeployment Marriage Workshop. CH(CPT) Keith J. Andrews, 1-101 AVN. 2006.
    • Strengthening Marriages. 501st Special Troops Battalion,101st Airborne Division. CH(MAJ) Matthew Wysocki.
    • Improving Communication. PowerPoint Presentation.
    • Anger Management: A Solution Focused Approach. PowerPoint Presentation.
    • Strong Bonds: For the 101st Airborne Division and their loved ones. Copyright © PREP Educational Products, Inc. 2007.
    • PREP: The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program. Copyright © PREP Educational Products, Inc. 1997
    • Chaplain’s Mid-Tour Brief. CH(CPT) Keith J. Andrews, 1-101 AVN. 2006.
    • Battlemind Training--Preparing for War: What Soldiers Should Know and Do. Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. 2008.
    • Staying in Touch With Your Military Spouse. By Sheri & Bob Stritof.
    • USAA Deployment Guide. The USAA Educational Foundation. 2005.
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