The Deployment Center: Reserve and National Guard
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.
not alone -- there are many official and unofficial
sources of aid and assistance. Use
military support services.
2. Get your . Develop a family care plan, and make sure you're up to date on your insurance, will, pay, and finances. legal and financial affairs in order
If you're leaving a full-time job for service, use your benefits and protections. Organize your work situation.
When you're activated, you qualify for numerous
medical benefits. Arrange
medical care for you and your family
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.
- Get the straight facts. What is Mobilization and Deployment?
- Make sure you and your family are taken care of. Legal Preparation
- Are you worried your job might not still be there when you return from active duty? Get the facts. Job Preparation
- Everything from direct deposit to allotments.
- When you're called up, you become eligible for special pays. Find out about some of them. What Extra Pays Do I Receive?
- Start keeping track of your days of service -- they'll help you down the line with VA loans, the GI Bill, and much more. What Benefits Am I Eligible For?
- 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. Medical
- Be sure your family is equipped to handle anything in your absence. Preparation for Emergencies
- We all hope and pray that nothing
happens, but make sure your family is prepared if something does. The
- This can be the most difficult
aspect of deployment. Learn how you and your children can handle the
Children and Separation
- Facing mobilization and deployment can
be a tough task -- don't go it alone. Military