Readiness & Deployment Support
Readiness and Deployment Support (RDS) at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar provides a continuum of readiness education and deployment support to prepare Marines, Sailors and their families for the unique challenges of a deployment while maintaining a constant state of readiness. Offering classes, workshops and briefs during the entire deployment cycle, which include pre-deployment, during deployment, and post-deployment, defines the role of this program.
Family Readiness Officers or members of a Command Team in need of a unit-specific brief or workshop may contact the RDS office at (858) 577-6306.
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Readiness and Deployment Support (RDS) Training Includes:
- Highlights key areas of personal and family preparation for single Marines, married Marines and their respective families. The brief is designed to provide resources and information that assist service members and their families prepare for the changes and challenges of deployment. Topics include:
- Wills and Powers of Attorney
- Family Care Plan
- Storage of your belongings
- Operational Security
- Communication plans
- Financial planning
Mid-Deployment Success – a fun and interactive workshop designed to promote deployment success through self-care for the spouse or significant other at home during a separation or deployment. It includes information about stress management, staying connected, dealing with emotional ups and downs, and resources.
- Physical Fitness
Return and Reunion Workshop
Spouses and significant others – an opportunity to talk about homecoming anticipation, expectations, and concerns in a fun and interactive workshop. The environment is made for spouses and significant others feel at ease sharing or listening to other experiences. Topics covered include communication, deployment stress, reintegration, expectations, and the return of intimacy. Topics include: This brief is facilitated on a unit specific basis, and typically conducted 14-30 days prior to the unit’s return. Some of the topics include:
- Homecoming planning
- Tools for managing stress
- Romance and intimacy
- Reintegration: Strong Marine Couples – most couples will successfully manage homecoming and reintegrate naturally. This workshop is designed to strengthen relationships in a fun and interactive environment after a lengthy separation and typically conducted 60-90 days after the unit’s return. Some of the topics include:
- Common post deployment reactions of Marines and their significant others
- 5-step problem solving
- Communication barriers and how to work through them
- Life balancing skills
Additional Readiness & Deployment Workshops include:
This program is an interactive workshop for children. This is provided simultaneously with a Unit’s Pre-Deployment Brief while the children are in childcare at the Children Youth & Teen Center. This workshop is aimed at children 5 years and up and provides them with age-appropriate activities designed to normalize an upcoming deployment.
This program is an interactive workshop for children that is offered simultaneously to the Unit’s Return & Reunion Workshop while the children are in childcare at the Children Youth & Teen Center. This workshop is aimed at children 5 years and up and offers age-appropriate activities to prepare for the upcoming return, reunion and reintegration with their parent.
The deployment is over, now what? Reintegration is return to unity after deployment. Once homecoming events end, most couples will successfully manage the tasks involved in reintegration or reuniting. This workshop is ideally offered 45 to 60 days post-deployment. It provides a forum for couples to assess their recent deployment experience in an effort to further strengthen their relationship. It addresses the effect of reintegration on a relationship, allows couples to assess the level of relationship satisfaction, and provides communication tools and resources for couples to strengthen their relationship.