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The Deployment Center: Reserve and National Guard

Guides and Resources

Top 5 Things To Do

1. Use military support services. You're not alone -- there are many official and unofficial sources of aid and assistance.

2. Get your legal and financial affairs in order. Develop a family care plan, and make sure you're up to date on your insurance, will, pay, and finances.

3. Organize your work situation. If you're leaving a full-time job for service, use your benefits and protections.

4. Arrange medical care for you and your family. When you're activated, you qualify for numerous medical benefits.

5. Don't neglect the homefront. Be sure to make arrangements for your family's security and safety. Work together in preparing for the difficult separation ahead.

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Being a Reservist or member of the National Guard -- and balancing a civilian job, family obligations, and military duties -- is tough enough. It only gets tougher if you're called up to active duty. This section will give you the scoop on what it all means, what you should prepare for, and how you and your family can handle the pressure. Serving your country is your duty and privilege -- but be sure to take care of yourself and your family too.

What is Mobilization and Deployment? - Get the straight facts.

Legal Preparation - Make sure you and your family are taken care of.

Job Preparation - Are you worried your job might not still be there when you return from active duty? Get the facts.

Financial Preparation
- Everything from direct deposit to allotments.

What Extra Pays Do I Receive? - When you're called up, you become eligible for special pays. Find out about some of them.

What Benefits Am I Eligible For? - Start keeping track of your days of service -- they'll help you down the line with VA loans, the GI Bill, and much more.

Medical Benefits - When you're called up to active duty, you and your family become eligible for a host of medical benefits. Know what they are, and take advantage of them.

Preparation for Emergencies - Be sure your family is equipped to handle anything in your absence.

The Worst-Case Scenario - We all hope and pray that nothing happens, but make sure your family is prepared if something does.

Your Children and Separation - This can be the most difficult aspect of deployment. Learn how you and your children can handle the situation.

Military Support Services - Facing mobilization and deployment can be a tough task -- don't go it alone.

Checklists and Resources

Checklists and Kits

Legal Checklist - Everything from health coverage to power of attorney.

Emergency Checklist - Emergencies can happen at home as well as abroad. Make sure your family is prepared.

Operation R.E.A.D.Y. - PDF document contains useful tips for active duty and reserve servicemembers for coping with separation, and getting your financial affairs in order.

Legal Readiness - JAGCnet presents guides, checklists, and other resources on being legally and financially prepared for deployment.
Hot Links

National Committee For Employer Support Of The Guard And Reserve

Servicemember's Civil Relief Act

Uniformed Services Employment And Reemployment Rights Act

Active Duty Pay and Benefits

Defend America Website


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