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Care Packages

One fun thing (probably the only fun thing) about deployment is getting to send care packages. You have the opportunity to be creative, and it’s exciting knowing that your loved one will receive something that they’ll enjoy.

Care packages can basically be however you want them to be. You can go all out and decorate the inside of the box, or you can just simply put the items in the box and send them off. If you want to go the decorative route, first you need to pick out what you want the box to look like on the inside, then gather supplies.

You can send almost anything you’d like in a care package. Frequent items are candy, snacks, hygiene products, clothing (smaller items), pictures, etc.

Let’s say it’s their birthday, so you’re doing a “Happy Birthday” care package. First, grab a box that can hold all of the items you’re sending. You can now paint or glue the words “Happy Birthday” on the inner flaps of the box. You can even place balloons or confetti inside the care package to make it even more decorative.

Typically, it won’t matter to your loved one how the package is decorated; it’s the thought that counts.

The picture that I have attached is just of some simple ones the local VFW sent last summer.



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Now that deployment is officially over, prepare for the homecoming! It is one of the sweetest moments that you will ever experience, and it will make you realize that the entire wait was worthwhile.

You see the plane land, you wait for the buses to bring your family back, you see them get off, then you go running. It is wonderful to have them with you, knowing that they’re safe, seeing that they’re safe.

You won’t have to struggle through a deployment for at least another year, but cherish all of the time that you have with them; it goes by fast.

However, stay strong and be proud. Everything was worth it.




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Deployment is a subject that definitely needs to be talked about, but nobody ever wants to. It’s hard knowing that your loved ones are going to a different country (dangerous or neutral) for a long period of time. It is like you’re going back to square one because, once again, you don’t know what to expect.

Hopefully, your loved ones will be sent somewhere rather safe and somewhere where they are still able to contact you regularly. That makes it much easier. Care packages are helpful for both you and your loved ones. They are fun to make, and knowing that you’re making someone else happy usually makes you happy.

Good items for care packages include: Candy, crafts, pictures, or any types of small gifts.

Even the deployment is rough for both of you, nothing is better than the return.


Taken by: Fellow Sailor. Pictured: Fiance.

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Day to Day Life

Now that boot camp is over, you have to learn how to put up with the military’s schedule. They begin to work on the weekdays, doing jobs that relate to the rate they chose before they went in. Most of the single men and women live in the barracks for awhile, so they’re free to do whatever they choose when work is over.

Their life is fairly routine. They can come home on leave or weekends (depending on the distance) and you can visit them almost whenever you’d like. That’s the easy part.

However, sometimes unexpected things pop up, and they have to be pulled off for gun shoots or extra training in different cities or states.

Honestly, other than boot camp and deployments, it really isn’t that bad. Oh yeah, we can’t forget about time differences. Those will never be fun.



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Boot Camp

The first obstacle, which I personally believe is the hardest, is seeing your significant other or family member leave for boot camp. No matter how much you think that you’re prepared, it is still a very difficult process to go through. However, it gets better. You start receiving letters about a week or so after their departure date, and you can write back as much as you’d like. Depending on the branch, training can last anywhere from two to three months. His training lasted eight weeks, and it honestly felt brutal.

The letters kept all of us going, and on rare occasions we would get a five minute phone call. It got easier every time we would hear from him, and counting down the days actually became exciting. When graduation day finally came, it was such a relief. The family came together again; everyone was happy. I have never been more proud of him than I was then.

Boot camp is the hardest to me because once you have been entirely deprived of this person for months, you have truly made it through. You get to the point where it becomes normal, and you know that you’ll get phone calls or Skype instead of letters.