I’m going to be brutally honest with you: I’ve never used a deployment binder before. Each time deployment would come around (and it seemed to come around an awful lot) I’d run around like a lady with her hair on fire.
It was mildly embarrassing, but I know for certain I’m not the only spouse who does this. So there’s that.
Plus, I eventually created a trial-by-fire system that worked well enough.
Minus the occasional deployment meltdown.
And minus the 3-hour search to find the power of attorney I misplaced for the seventh time.
There had to be an easier way.
Based off the large number of weekly emails from my fellow military spouses, I knew wasn’t alone in my disorganized deployment struggle.
It was time to pull myself together and create a deployment binder to benefit any military spouse who wanted to try it out.
The ultimate deployment binder.
After a few months of researching what to include and getting the whole thing designed, your 19 page deployment binder was born.
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Here’s what’s included:
- Cover page.
- Master deployment guide (Learn what to do week-by-week, step-by-step).
- Legal checklist
- Vehicle maintenance checklist
- Home maintenance checklist – Part 1
- Home maintenance checklist – Part 2
- Document must-have checklist
- Account information list
- Budget worksheet – part 1
- Budget worksheet – part 2
- Budget worksheet – part 3
- Password information list
- Emergency phone number list
- OPSEC / PERSEC guidelines
- Goals checklist pre-filled – part 1
- Goals checklist pre-filled – part 2
- Goals checklist blank
- Care packages – part 1
- Care packages – part 2
How to get your deployment binder and set it up.
- Sign up here and then check your inbox for an email from me.
- Download to your computer (this will overload your smart phone)
- Open using PDF viewer on your computer
- Print on card stock or photo matte paper using your home printer. Be sure to check “Fit to Page” on your printer settings.
- Place in home binder. You can use sheet protectors or just use a 3 hole punch and place them in the binder.
Once you have your deployment binder…
- Start filling in the pages for which you already know information (i.e. account information, password information, vehicle maintenance). This is an easy way to get a “quick deployment win” and feel like you accomplished some deployment prep.
- Review pages with your spouse. This is a great time to plan for a budget and set dates / deadlines to complete the master checklist.
- Once your binder is initially filled in, you can simply go back and make tweaks with each subsequent deployment.
More deployment posts for you.
- The Most Surprising Thing You’ll Miss During Deployment
- Why Deployment Meltdowns are Actually a Good Thing
- 10 Things Military Spouses Won’t Tell You About Deployment
- The Deployment Diet No One Talks About
- 7 Stages of Deployment Anger (And How to Manage Them)