When a deployment is looming, many spouses wonder how they’ll get through it. Their spouse, their best friend, and most likely the person they do everything with, is leaving and will be gone for months. In some cases, they may be far from home and not really know anyone at their duty station. How they will make it through the next few months? Here’s a few tips to help make it easier and help the time go by faster.
- Take Up A Hobby
Seriously. You need to get out of the house, have some sort of social life, and possibly meet people. Sign up for a class at the Arts and Crafts center. Many colleges have classes for photography and other similar trades. In some cases, MyCAA may pay for the classes.
- Find A Job
This is not easy for everyone, especially if you have small children, but if you can, why not? Again, it will get you out of the house and keep you busy. If you don’t plan on it long term, find a job you’ll enjoy, even if it’s working at Target for the discount.
If a job isn’t possible, try volunteering. I wasn’t able to get a job when we lived overseas, so I volunteered with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. I got adult interaction, it looks good on my resume, and it kept me on a regular schedule. I could set my own hours, so it was easy to work around the kid’s school and babysitters.
- Start A Club
Whether it be running, knitting, reading, or whatever else you can think of, put the word out and start a club. You’ll meet new people and I bet other spouses will be just as thankful for the interaction.
This may seem odd to some, but what better time to see your old friends or take a trip with new friends? If you are overseas, plan a trip with friends whose spouses are also gone. The planning, the anticipation, and the actual trip will take you mind off the deployment. If you are stateside, take a trip to see family or an old friend.
- Go To School
What better time to go back to school? Whether you want to start or finish a degree, deployments are the perfect time. If you have kids, get school work done in the evenings or while they are at daycare (make sure to ask the unit about your free childcare during deployment). If you don’t have kids, you’ll have ample time to study and get work done.
If you do go back to school or take any kind of classes at a college, check out Martinsburg College. Schools like Martinsburg are familiar with the military lifestyle, which makes the entire experience that much better. Of the student survey respondents, 95% of students were satisfied with their experience. Textbooks are made available and one-on-one, telephone, and digital tutoring is available if needed. They have worked with the military for over a decade and are familiar with the challenges that face military families, as well as the educational benefits offered. Often times after signing up for classes, things come up, whether they be deployments, training, or PCSing and one needs to cancel their classes. When this happens they are protected by Martinsburg’s exceptionally generous refund policy. Students will receive a refund based on the amount of coursework completed (pro rata) through 50% of their program. This means if a student does only one course then they are charged for only one course.
Also, if you are married to an active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2, look into MyCAA. It is free money for school. You can work on a degree, take a few classes, or get a certificate in something that can help you find work, but it’s FREE MONEY! It can only be a benefit to you.
To learn more about MyCAA and making the most of your educational opportunities, check out Martinsburg College’s Facebook group. Discussions range from day to day living tips to MyCAA, so there are plenty of people to answer questions and keep you motivated.
This post is sponsored by Martinsburg College. I received compensation for this post through my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. All opinions are my own.