Deployment Failure or Success? It's Up to You.

Will this deployment be a success or a failure?  Ultimately, its up to you.

Photo by US Pacific Fleet

Get yourself prepared before hand, go into it with the best attitude you can, and get yourself a good day to day routine.  Try to schedule in some fun things for yourself that you might not do otherwise like a girls night, trip to the spa, etc.  If you have kids, find fun things for them to do that are special like a random trip to the aquarium, play hooky from school one day or play dates.

To get yourself prepared, think of everything that could go wrong or that you might have to deal with and do whatever you can do ahead of time to prepare to handle them.

For example, I pay the bills.  I do the paperwork.  I have an updated Power of Attorney.  I have managed the money from the get go in our relationship anyway because thats just how it worked out but also because we knew I would have to be able to while he was gone.  I know all the bills that need to pay, I have access to all of our accounts, I have all the passwords I would need.  I am also either the primary or at the very least an authorized user on all of our accounts so that I can handle anything that comes up.

He handles most of the car issues but I know enough about them to be able to air up the tires and know where to take it for an oil change or repairs and how much I should expect to pay for it.  We also have great insurance with USAA (and road side assistance) who takes care of everything in the case of an accident.

Now I'm not saying it's possible to be prepared for anything and everything.  But you can make sure you have the tools to handle any and everything.  Have some money for emergencies set aside (or at the very least a good credit card) and a general game plan.

Last deployment I had our furnace/AC company out to do the yearly inspection on our furnace and during the inspection, he discovered that it was leaking carbon monoxide.  After looking at the option, we decided we needed to replace it.  Normally this would have stressed me out to have to deal with by myself but because we had already set ourselves up with a company we both trusted, I didn't. The salesman came and gave me 3 different options on new furnaces.  I selected the one I wanted and they came out the next week and replaced it for me.  We got a good price, good service and a good warranty.  No problamo.

Set your self up in advance with the following service providers (if they apply to you) before he leaves.  This way you aren't stuck trying to pick a company/person on the fly by yourself.  By set up I mean at least have them selected and have their contact information.

  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Roofer
  • General Handyman
  • Mechanic
  • AC/Furnace Company
  • General Doctor
  • Pediatrician
  • Vet
  • Pool Service
  • Lawn Service
A lot of women I know actually have a deployment binder with all the information in it so it is all in one place.  They keep the command contact info, bills/budgets, service providers info, all their doctors information, things like that.  If anyone would be interested in some binder templates, please let me know and I would be happy to make some up!

What tips do you have for those preparing for a deployment??

Bye Guys!