Supporting Family Members in the Military
Once a family member decides to enlist in the Military, the family structure will change. Support of the decision is the first objective. The decision to enlist and begin getting ready for boot camp may cover several months or go very quickly. The time depends on each individual and branch of service joined. It is beneficial if everyone is supportive. Those surrounding the recruit will have mixed feelings and will need to work through them. At this time, many very important decisions will be conducted regard wills, custody of children, financial management, insurance policies, and contract negotiations will be discussed. Make sure the recruit has the correct information to make the right decisions at this time.
Each type of service has different times and types of time to service. Options include full time service, reserves active, reserves, and a mixture of service per contract for each branch. All include a variation of boot camp or orientation to the military branch that will cover the basic instructions and guidelines that all jobs/career positions will need to know. The public knows this term as “boot camp”. It is a determined time away from family, friends, and community with restrictions to the outside world. Outside deployment, this is often the single timeframe that everyone references as hard on the recruit and hard on the family and friends. Even more so due to social media and instant access to information. This is the time to join support groups in the community and online. This allows family and friends to get correct information on what they can send to boot camp, what isn’t needed, and what they might expect will happen in real time from others supporting active military family members.
One of the biggest communications that will progress, once the recruit has entered boot camp, will be writing letters. Now is a good time to learn how to address an envelope and how to place a stamp. The weight of the letter will determine how many pages may be placed in the envelope per one stamp. If the letter is going overseas or out of the country, check with the postal service for correct postage to ensure the letter will reach the individual. Note that while the postal service will deliver the mail quickly, it will still need to be redistributed on base, or other location before reaching the recruit. Do know there will be times when the letters are reaching the recruit but there has not been time to write a return letter. Do not fret, keep writing, and stalking the mail box. Many postal service employees will do their best to get your mail to you quickly. Simply because many postal service members were once individuals who were enlisted in the services.
Meanwhile remain positive and hopeful. Time will help problems work out and there will be better days and not so great days, but they will all pass.
Congratulations to those who have decided to service and the families who support them.
About the Author: Lisa Goins PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, RMT is the CEO of Couture Health Care
Dr. Goins’ health articles are feature a mix of holistic health, wealth, and spiritual news, reviews, and information for health professionals and the public. Dr. Goins is the author of the newly released book CEO Business Objectives: Health, Wealth, and Success available for purchase on Amazon in the USA. Dr. Goins sees clients in Ohio, USA and can be found on Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Youtube Channel
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