When preparing for a deployment, stress can be high and your decision-making ability could be compromised with all the added pressure to get everything done in time. The day before my spouse left on deployment, he got a call from his roommate with bad news. His roommate drove up to San Diego the night before with their belongings to walk onto the ship for the next six months. That evening, his car was broken into and several valuable items were taken. Luckily by searching the nearby dumpsters some of the items were recovered. I asked Chad Storlie, the Going Civilian community manager, who has plenty of deployment experience, if he had any lessons learned and what he would do to avoid any missteps.
Chad gives pre-deployment preparation tips for these four areas:
Chad’s advice can help reduce some of the stress that comes during the deployment preparation period. I was glad that my husband and I started tackling the pre-deployment paperwork and tasks about a month before his planned deployment date. My husband’s roommate’s story is a good reminder to not leave valuables in your car overnight.
Do you have a lesson learned from your pre-deployment preparations?
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