Deployments and separation are expected functions of Marine Corps life and can be divided into three main phases – pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment. All three phases within the deployment cycle are distinct and pose their own challenges and needs for preparation. Poor planning for any part of the deployment cycle can negatively impact family stability, individual readiness, unit readiness, and cohesion and, ultimately, the ability to meet the mission. If Marines are not confident that their spouses and family are cared for and personal affairs are in order, then Marines will not be fully ready to contribute to the unit and cannot be considered mission ready or reliable. Proper planning will cover basic issues that affect family life such as home, finances, auto, communications, etc. If Marines do not accept the responsibility of adequately preparing their family prior to departure, or are not provided the time to do so, then they may negatively impact overall unit readiness and mission capability.
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