Pre-Deployment Checklist

I’ve learned that being prepared for a deployment doesn’t usually make me feel better about it happening. It does, however, prevent me from having total meltdowns when Murphy’s Law decides to hit after he’s gone. Murphy’s Law is the saying that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. Setbacks happen in everyday life, but when it happens while your significant other is deployed, and you’re emotionally vulnerable, the crisis you are enduring alone becomes magnified. It’s extremely important to have all of your ducks in a row so when the car breaks down, a raging hurricane comes at you, or you have to file taxes they are minor inconveniences, not a major crisis.

  • Power of Attorney– GET.A. POWER.OF. ATTORNEY!!!! I cannot stress this enough! There are 2 types of a POA. A general and a specific. Get both. I’ve had to use the power of attorney to file taxes, fight Sprint on a phone bill when they decided to charge us double one month, put my newborn in the DEERS system, and put new plates on our vehicles. You never know what may come up so make sure you are covered with a POA. Most places wouldn’t even talk to me unless I had the POA in my hand.
  • Will– This one is pretty self-explanatory. In the event of your spouse’s death while deployed (or not deployed, it’s useful anytime) the will gives you guidance on what they want and legal protection from family/friends who want to do otherwise. Also get a will for yourself. If both of you die at the same time in a car crash then who will raise your children? Who will inherit your money? Each branch of the military has a legal team on base/post who can give will and power of attorneys, to active-duty and their dependents, free of cost. So, buck it up and get it done!
  • Car Maintenance– There’s almost nothing worse than having your vehicle full of kids break down in the middle of nowhere. Before every deployment my husband took our vehicles in to the mechanic and had them look it over to see if any maintenance needed done. Know your insurance coverage and have the mechanic’s name on hand in case you do have a vehicle malfunction during deployment.
  • Evacuation Route– My husband was gone more than he was home, so with the probability of having to evacuate our home by myself, I always made sure I knew the evacuation route out of town. I also had a specific destination in mind where family/friends could find me. I’m so grateful I was prepared when I had to evacuate during hurricane Matthew.
  • Set a budget– If your pre-deployed significant other usually pays the bills than it’s a good idea to sit down and have the dreaded money talk before they leave. They won’t always be in a position to pay the bills on time so you need to know the due dates and passwords to pay the bills if they can’t. Also, determine how much “play” money the deployed member will get. I’ve seen way too many families suffer because the deployed member spent all the money on souvenirs or take-out, leaving the family with $0 to pay the bills. What are your goals? To pay off debt with separation pay? Sit down, have the talk, and make a money plan.
  • Contact List– Have a list on your fridge with contact info. The numbers to the internet company, maintenance line, military police, FRG leader, non-emergency police, doctor’s office, and poison control are good places to start.
  • Know what to do if your military I.D. gets lost or will expire while they’re deployed– Does your husband have to fill out a form ahead of time giving you permission to get a new one? Do you know where the PSD office is? It’s important to know, especially if you live in base housing and need to show your I.D. to get on. I don’t know about you, but it would ruin my day if I was a couple blocks from home but couldn’t get there because my I.D. expired.


These are the most important things that I made sure to have done before my husband deployed, and they saved me a lot of headaches. What would you seasoned military spouses add to your list?

Go HERE for tips on getting yourself emotionally prepared for deployment.

One thought on “Pre-Deployment Checklist

  1. Jennifer L

    June 27, 2017 at 6:44am

    Wow this is definitely amazing tips for those going through deployment. It’s really important to be prepared and not many are.

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  2. Shannon

    June 26, 2017 at 6:51pm

    This is an amazing list! Wish I had this around when my wife was in the air force. We appreciate and salute you and your husband.

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  3. Caitlin

    June 25, 2017 at 9:36pm

    These are FANTASTIC tips for military spouses… especially the power of attorney. You definitely don’t want to be caught in a situation where you need to exercise it but your hands are tied!

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  4. Heather

    June 25, 2017 at 12:59pm

    This list is such a great thing to have access to for military spouses. Thank you for putting this together!

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  5. Charity Gorman

    June 25, 2017 at 3:25am

    I bet this post really helps those that have loved ones in the military. The checklist is very detailed and organized and would help bring some relief in a stressful time.

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  6. Ali Rost

    June 25, 2017 at 2:34am

    Great tips, whether your partner is being deployed or not. I think situations like this bring the what-ifs to the forefront of everyone’s mind. Love the idea of talking through a budget beforehand. I imagine it would be so much harder to do once someone was deployed

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  7. Nellwyn

    June 24, 2017 at 2:02pm

    This is great advice for couples whether or not you’re in the military. It’s always good to be prepared for emergencies and know what to do in a crisis.

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  8. Akamatra

    June 24, 2017 at 9:00am

    These are awesome tips for military wives and for those who travel a lot. For me, a will is a must and I need to remind myself to make one soon, life is so surprising isn’t it?

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  9. Chloe

    June 24, 2017 at 3:20am

    So many things to consider! I wouldn’t have even known what to do if your ID was lost/expired, thanks for sharing these great tips!

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  10. Needa

    June 24, 2017 at 1:59am

    For the moment it looks difficult but at the end its worths and comfort to you !! Thanks for this update ! sure many people benefits from this

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  11. fashionmommy

    June 23, 2017 at 11:14pm

    There really is so much that you need to think about and have organised. Your checklist is very clear and detailed.

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  12. Claudia Krusch

    June 23, 2017 at 10:57pm

    This is a great checklist. It is a good idea to have it all printed out. It is such a stressful time it can be easy to forget something.

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  13. Elizabeth o

    June 23, 2017 at 10:49pm

    These are very helpful tips for families and loved ones to remember before the deployed member leaves. It can cause a lot of anxiety otherwise.

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  14. Marcie W.

    June 23, 2017 at 7:20pm

    I am sure being married to a member of the armed forces is quite difficult, especially during a deployment. These are all excellent things to keep in mind before the departure day!

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  15. Sarah

    June 23, 2017 at 1:02pm

    I wouldn’t have an idea of all the things you would need to do before being deployed, it must be such a stressful time for so many reasons.

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  16. Gloria

    June 23, 2017 at 11:30am

    Slightly grim topic but my cousin has a payment plan that directly translates into “funeral insurance”. I have no idea how the U.S. military handles such situations but if it is not covered that should be on the list.

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      June 23, 2017 at 11:42am

      Not grim at all! We call that life insurance, and military members automatically receive it through the military.

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