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Mobilization and Deployment  
Welcome to the Mobilization and Deployment online forum.This is a definitive place for all members of the Army Family, which includes all Soldiers(Active, Guard, and Reserve)and Army Civilians and their spouses,children, parents,and extended family and friends,to seek information, ask questions and share their concerns about mobilization and deployment in a community environment.Thank you for stopping by and we welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and to hear about your experiences.

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Welcome to the Mobilization and Deployment online forum! Our first discussion topic is “First Time Deployments”. We want this, and future forums, to be the definitive place for all members of the Army Family to seek information, ask questions and share their concerns in a community environment. The Army Family includes all Soldiers (active, guard, and reserve) and Army Civilians and their spouses, children, parents, and extended Family and friends. We hope Army Family members who have experienced deployments will participate and share their tips and insights with those who are new to the deployment cycle. To start off the discussion here are the Top Five Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for First Time Deployments.
1. Should I stay near Post or move back with my parents or near other Family?
2. Who should I call in the event of an emergency? Financial, Personal or Medical?
3. What practical things do I need to do before (pre-deployment) my Soldier leaves?
4. Does the unit have a support group? How do I find it?
5. How often will I be able to hear from my Soldier?

We’ve answered these FAQs briefly below, but we want to hear from you. Please share with us your additional questions, tips and experiences with First Time Deployments.

1. Should I stay near Post or move back with my parents or near other Family?
There are many advantages to staying near Post while your spouse is deployed; examples include access to your local Army Community Service (ACS) center, local Family Readiness Group (FRG), and the support of your military community. If you decide to move back with parents or near other Family and not stay near Post please notify your spouse’s Rear Detachment Commander (RDC) and FRG Leader. And remember, even if you are not near Post, there are resources available to you in all 50 states.
2. Who should I call in the event of an emergency? Financial, Personal or Medical?
In the event of an emergency your ACS center is available to direct and assist you. In addition, Army OneSource (AOS) provides access to credible and up-to-date information specific to the Army Family. Military OneSource (MOS) has free 24/7 counseling available and other resources available to all components, deployed civilians and their Families worldwide. If the event is a medical emergency please call 911 immediately for assistance.
3. What practical things do I need to do before (pre-deployment) my Soldier leaves?
There are excellent checklists and resources provided in the Operation READY Deployment Cycle Readiness Handbook to assist you with this task. You will need a current DoD ID card for you and any Family members 10 years old and older. In addition, you and your spouse should organize all important documents (legal, financial, medical, housing) and develop your own emergency telephone point of contact list.
4. Does the unit have a support group? How do I find it?
To find out if the unit has a support group and how to become involved contact the unit Commander or the RDC who serves as the unit Commander during deployment. Your local ACS may have additional support groups that include Family members from all components and units.
5. How often will I be able to hear from my Soldier?
While communications have improved, your Soldier may not be able to contact you as regularly as they would like due to duty requirements and availability. Depending on your Soldier’s mission they may be able to communicate every day to only a few times a month.


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Comment National Guard
Thu May 20, 2010 at 5:42AM
 
Anonymous
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Just an FYI for my fellow NG Family members, we can change ACS to FAC (Family Assisstance Center) who are staffed by the Family Programs staff. Here is a link to help you find them in any state: https://www.jointservicessupport.org/ContactUs.aspx
Comment Re: National Guard
Wed May 26, 2010 at 2:21AM
 
Martila Seals
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The information on this site is great. Thanks
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