Posted on May 15, 2015
SSG Fire Team Leader
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In a time when our combat tours are closed and the regionally aligned force ideals are in full swing; what advice would you give your soldiers to prepare for these training missions overseas? How can they best prepare?
Please avoid being vague and give good in depth ideas when it comes to things like financial readiness and the like.
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1SG First Sergeant
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First and foremost I would say ensure your family is prepared things you can do for this are:

1) Go to Jag and recieve a power of attorney and will brief and determine what you need i.e. ability to discuss credit card issues, cell phone contracts etc... if they are in the Soldiers name only

2) Ensure that your spouse or significate other has the correct access to funds to pay your bills and support themself and family. (You can also set up alottments to pay the bills)

3) Ensure they know how to contact the Rear Detachment and other agencies that can assist if they need help like ACS, Chaplain etc.

4) Develope a tentative plan on how you will communicate for the first month or so that way you can figure out what communicatins you will have on your deployment.

5) Set up a separate bank account that transfers necessary funds to just you that you will need while deployed these funds should only be accessable by you.


I hope this helps!
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SFC Joe Greenalch
SFC Joe Greenalch
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Also set up a plan for emergency vehicle repairs and routine maintenance. This also applies to your home also. Phone numbers of mechanic, plumber, roofing, etc.
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SGM Senior Adviser, National Communications
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Keep and A bag and B bag packed and ready. Keep cash and have a tourist passport on hand.
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SPC John Lebiecki
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1) stay positive for your families. You're going into harms way at a young age and the last thing you want to do is leave with a bad impression (remember: it might be your LAST physical impression they remember.)

2) Get your personal affairs in order. Will, DD93, SGLI, POAs. Take advantage of SRP so you aren't doing this on your personal time.

3) Communicate. Talk to your family/friends. Tell them the TRUTH. Don't put up a stance like you can take on the world.

4) Listen. Your friends, fellow soldiers and families are all afraid. Let them express that to you.

5) You will see that large sum of money in your bank account-> Don't act like an idiot when you get back.
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