Strictly speaking, "deployment" refers to activities required to move military personnel and materials from a home installation to a specified destination. For servicemembers and families, it has come to mean much more: the preparations and personal needs that need to be taken care of at home before, during and after deployment. Deployment for active servicemembers and National Guard and Reserve members, as well as Individual Augmentee (IA) d... more.
Basic Pay: All servicemembers receive basic pay. It is the bulk of their pay, and it is based on rank and length of service. As a member of the Guard or reserve your basic pay is based on your paygrade and the number of drill periods (4 hours each) you serve each month. Regular weekend drills are paid on a 2 drill period per day basis. So each full weekend drill is actually worth 4 drill periods. See the Reserve Drill Pay Calculator for mor... more.
For deploying servicemembers and families, there are resources available to help you during your transitions -- here's a rundown of help programs by service. Army Army Community and Family Support Center. The Army Community & Family Support Center serves as the headquarters for Army MWR (Morale, Welfare & Recreation). Army Family Action Plan. The AFAP program seeks input regarding critical issues that affect the well being of soldiers, Arm... more.
A new mobile application developed by mental health experts combines behavioral therapy with satellite navigation technology to offer returning service members options for adjusting to the slower pace of life at home. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., the "Positive Activity Jackpot," app provides service personnel with entertainment options aimed at overcoming what for some can ... more.