Office of Veterans Affairs

The Military Experience

The Military Experience and Deployments Are Characterized by the Following

Separation from family or loved ones

Most are leaving home for the first time
Separation from extended family and close friends
Separation from boyfriends and girlfriends

Relocate away from family and friends

May be assigned to a base in a different part of the country
Adjustments to new climates and culture

Deployments last from 6-18 months

Multiple deployments

Some serve more than one deployment before being discharged from the military
As of 2013, more than 977,500 have experienced 2 or more deployments

Emotional Cycle of Deployment:

Pre-deployment, Deployment, Sustainment, Re-deployment, Post-deployment