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7 Deployment Lessons

Deployment Lessons

Each deployment offers unique opportunities to learn valuable lessons that you can apply to future deployments. These deployment lessons may not be obvious in the moment, but when your loved one is home and you look back, they start to make themselves known.

Deployment Lessons

1. Small flat rate boxes are your friend.

I sent my first small flat rate care package this deployment and absolutely love them! They’re super easy to decorate and cheaper to fill and ship, making them a much faster care package across the board.

2. Deployment routines are hard to break.

I mentioned this briefly on Tuesday, but there’s always a bit of an adjustment period when deployment ends. I get pretty attached to my deployment routine and it’s hard to switch it up when a second person gets added in. I probably should have learned this deployment lesson earlier, but it’s been far more apparent this time around.

3. Busy days go by faster, even if you’re exhausted at the end.

Between my day job, the dogs, house and Countdowns and Cupcakes, I’m not sure I’ve ever been busier than I was during this deployment. And honestly? It was really helpful. I know that people always say “stay busy and time will go by faster” and most military spouses scoff because it’s not true. But perhaps there is a kernel of truth to it after all. The days still take 24 hours to go by, but your mind is occupied elsewhere.

4. Dove milk chocolate candies are pretty much the best thing ever.

Every day during the deployment ended with a Dove chocolate. Talk about the tastiest countdown ever!

5. You can find joy in solo holidays.

Many of the deployment lessons I learned this year had to do with getting through the holiday season without A. While I would prefer to never have him deployed during the holidays again, I feel pretty good knowing that I can survive that separation.

6. Starting a car a few times over the course of a deployment will not keep the battery alive.

Poor A. This is twice now he’s come home to a dead battery after deployment. I am just not good at keeping his car in good condition when he’s gone. I have to do better next time which means I may be learning a non-deployment lesson called “learning how to drive a manual transmission.”

7. When you have a Ruger, you actually end up with less room in the bed during deployment.

You’d think that 1 bed + 1 wiener dog + 1 Ruger – 1 husband would equal more room for Rachel, but you’d think wrong. Ruger (while an excellent snuggler) is a very aggressive snuggler and doesn’t understand the staying on his own side of the bed concept.

Deployments don’t necessarily get any easier, but military spouses do get smarter. Learning valuable deployment lessons each time help you get better at future deployments. What deployment lessons have you learned?

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