Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Park and Recreation Opportunities and Stages of Deployment

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Park and Recreation Opportunities and Stages of Deployment

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STAGES OF DEPLOYMENT

Stage 1: Pre-Deployment

* Starts with the warning order for deployment.

* Characterized by denial & anticipation of loss.

* Soldier is in training and may spend long hours away.

* Mental/physical distancing begins.

* Arguments may occur.

Time Frame: Variable.

Stage 2: Deployment

* Family experiences a roller coaster of emotions.

* They may feel disoriented/overwhelmed.

* Numbness, sadness and loneliness ensue.

* Family may have sleep difficulty.

* Concerns arise about personal security (house and car). Time Frame: First month

Stage 3: Sustainment

* New routines established.

* Adaptation to single parenthood.

* New sources of support developed.

* Family members feel more in control.

* Independence for all with older children taking on new responsibilities.

* Confidence--"I can do this!"

Time Frame: Second through fifth month of a six-month deployment

Stage 4: Re-Deployment

* Anticipation of homecoming.

* Characterized by excitement, apprehension, bursts of energy, "nesting" and difficulty making decisions. Time Frame: Last two months of deployment

Stage S: Post-Deployment

* Honeymoon period.

* Loss of independence.

* Need for personal space.

* Renegotiating routines.

* Reintegrating into family.

Time Frame: Three to six months after deployment.

PARK AND RECREATION PROVISIONS

Family Bonding Opportunities

* Settings for gatherings, events for the whole family to enjoy together. …

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