Request for Assistance in the pilot testing of the DoD Individual & Community Readiness Inventory (ICRI)

TO: NC National Guard Service Members & Civilian Spouses

SUBJECT: A request for assistance in the pilot testing of the DoD Individual & Community Readiness Inventory (ICRI)
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April 2014 edition of the Military Community and Family Policy eMagazine

The April 2014 edition of the Military Community and Family Policy eMagazine is here, http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/mcfp/emag, just in time to provide you with great resources and timely information for the Month of the Military Child.

This edition features a variety of articles focused on the health and well-being of military children and their families and what we can do to support ... more

“Heartbleed” SSL Vulnerability: JSS is safe and not affected; no action required.

The Department of Homeland Security has published an advisory on “Heartbleed” vulnerability currently affecting the security of Internet communications worldwide. Be assured that JSS services and IT systems do not suffer from this vulnerability, are safe, not affected, and no action is required.

http://www.us-cert.gov/security-publications/Heartbleed-OpenSSL-Vulnerability ... more

Step 6: Reunion & Reintegration

Easing the Transition

Reunion, like deployment, can be a stressful time. Questions and concerns about what to expect are mingled with the excitement of seeing your Guard Member again. With this in mind, the military offers Reunion briefings to both you and your Guard Member that can assist in this process.

These briefings also cover changes in:

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Reunion: Not Just a Single Event

There are several phases that Reunion follows:

  1. Preparation period, when service members prepare to come home
  2. "Honeymoon period" lasts several days after the homecoming
  3. Period of disruption, when some challenges might surface
  4. Adjustment period, during which new routines, roles, and goals are negotiated
  5. Acceptance of your "new" life

Getting Back to "Normal"

With all the emotions flying around your home, there are several simple, everyday actions you can take to help get your home back to "normal"

  1. Welcome home your Guard member – make it special, include everyone in the activities of the day or week, but stay flexible and keep your Guard member's transition in mind, as he/she is just as emotionally overwhelmed as you are.
  2. Be realistic – Know that separation changes people and their roles. Take the time to get to know one another again. Enjoy that!
  3. Be prepared for mixed emotions – Your emotions at Reunion can be extremely strong, joyful and disenchanted. You simply have to accept that everyone is affected and you all have work together to get through the emotional rollercoaster ride.
  4. Don't stop talking or listening – Talk about the Reunion through letters, social media, phone calls, emails, etc. Chat about what you're doing to prepare for their return and how you feel about it. Include the kids! Be honest and encourage any and all questions and feelings.
  5. Work on relationship issues – Spouses and couples need to rekindle their romance and get to know each other again without family and friends around. Talk honestly with each other; let your partner know how you want to grow together again.

Operation R.E.A.D.Y.

This program stands for ‘Resources for Educating About Deployment and You' and offers Deployment Survival trainings which helps you understand what to expect during the deployment and offers a checklist to ensure that you are more prepared for the upcoming separation, as well as the new personal responsibilities.

To learn more about Reunion and Reintegration, please click here to visit our Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

Strong Bonds

This program is a unit-based, chaplain-led program that helps Warriors and Families build and maintain strong relationships. The program's mission is to build Warrior readiness by providing skills the Warrior can use to strengthen his or her marriage or other relationships; available to Singles, Couples, Family, and Pre/post Deployment.

In order to maximize the training effect, this training is done in a retreat format; where Warriors and Family members can "get away" in order to focus on building important relationship skills.

For more information about Strong Bonds retreats, go to the Strong Bonds Page

For any specific questions, please contact your Family Program Office

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