Deployed! U.S. Military Deployment CheckList for Military Wives / Spouse
A Brief (but important) Military Deployment Checklist for the Spouse
- You hav a current power of attorney that will not expire until he returns
- You know how to acquire a copy of his LES from www.dfas.mil
- You have agreed upon a pre-determinded amount of money that he will take out of the account every month. You must agree to these terms before he leaves! (You can also establish a separate checking accounts to avoid money mix-ups.)
- He has "briefed" your children about where he is going and when he will return.
- You have the number to the command (or another emergency contact number) in case there is a problem.
- You know the procedures for sending a Red Cross message if necessary.
- You have arranged for someone to check on you (such as a friend or family member) at least weekly.
- He has taken care of all military paperwork and allotments. It is sometimes very hard to conduct military business for your spouse, even with a POA.
- He has called all of his family members and notified them that he is leaving. You do not want to take care of this after he is gone, especially if you have in-law problems.
- He knows how he can reach you based on your schedule. (You will be visiting your parents in June, etc.)
- He has a phone card/ cell phone that works from overseas.
- You have his familys phone numbers and know whom to contact in case of an emergency. In turn, his family has your number and knows how to contact you in case Aunt Mabel gets sick (or another emergency occurs.)
- He has checked the car to be sure that it is in tip-top condition. It will never break down until he is gone.
- You know what is and is not allowed in care packages based on the regulations of the command and his destination country. (For instance in some countries "Maxim" magazine is considered porn and is therefore illegal.)
- Your name is on all of your utility bills. Some of these companies will not talk to anyone who is not on the bill, POA or no.
- He has checked smoke detectors and air filters in your home and shown you how to do the same. He has taught you how to do the things you are not accustomed to doing yourself such as lighting a pilot light, taking care of the lawn, etc.
- You have given a trustworthy neighbor a set of keys in case you get locked out.
- If you are not already taking care of the bills, he has left you a list of the ones that need to be paid and when.