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.
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.
medical care for you and your family.
When you're activated, you qualify for numerous
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.
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.
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.
Worst-Case Scenario - We all hope and pray that nothing
happens, but make sure your family is prepared if something does.
Children and Separation - This can be the most difficult
aspect of deployment. Learn how you and your children can handle the
Support Services - Facing mobilization and deployment can
be a tough task -- don't go it alone.