The Deployment ABCs is a 26-week series where I cover every deployment-related topic, from care packages to homecomings to OPSEC. Tips, tricks and maybe a resource or two to help military spouses navigate their way through the craziness that is a deployment. If there’s a topic you’d like for me to cover or are interested in adding your own thoughts to, send me an email and we’ll chat!
Y’all. We are on letter R of the Deployment ABCs! It’s so hard to believe we’ve covered so many topics already, but don’t worry, there is still plenty of good stuff coming your way! Today I wanted to touch on few of the wide variety of deployment-related questions that I’ve gotten in the past.
How often does he get deployed and for how long?
This answer varies for everyone, but in our case, A deploys at least once a year. Currently, his deployments are usually between 4-6 months long. This is significantly shorter than when he first started in the Navy (which I am exceptionally grateful for!)
Will he always have to go on deployment?
As long as A is active duty, he will always be “at risk” of deployment. It’s just the nature of his job. That doesn’t mean he’ll go every year until he retires. It depends on which command he’s with and what the country’s needs are from year to year. Odds are though, he will deploy until he retires.
Speaking of retirement, won’t he be really young when he retires?
Relatively speaking, A will be fairly young when he retires from the military. He will be 39 years old after putting in a full 20 years. This isn’t the case of everyone: some careers last longer, some people enlist at an older age and others only complete one or two enlistments.
How often do you get to talk?
This varies based on A’s schedule during each deployment (and will vary for each service member as well), but we usually get to chat once every few days. Of course that requires that internet and phone lines are working just fine and that he has time. But he’s pretty good about checking in regularly.
How do you do it?
Honestly, some days, I’m not really sure how I’ll do it. But the short answer is that I just don’t have an option. A and the military (and deployments) are a package deal. So I take it one day at a time, try to stay as busy as I can, send lots of care packages and count down the days until we get to be together again.
What other questions do you have about deployment or military life in general? Leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you!