Overview

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Welcome to the National Guard Family Program e-learning lesson on reintegration for the service member. Service members are trained for their missions. Their very survival and safety depends on their ability to utilize this training. However, the very skills that are needed for battle are skills that are no longer useful in civilian life. This lesson will address some of the changes the service member will need to make in order to reintegrate successfully. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to recognize readjustment issues for war-zone veterans, identify helpful strategies to make reintegration less stressful, and recognize that all service members are unique and can vary greatly in the reintegration process.

Many factors can impact a service member’s reintegration process.

Today, there is an increasing awareness that challenges service members experience following deployment have very little to do with individual character flaws or difficulty handling stress. We now know that length of deployment, periods between deployments, and the intensity of exposure to combat can have a significant impact on a service member’s reintegration process. This lesson will identify ways that service members and their support systems can progress toward a more effective outcome.

This lesson will help you understand service member reintegration.

Specifically, after completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Recognize readjustment issues for war-zone veterans;
  • Identify helpful strategies to make reintegration less stressful; and
  • Recognize that all service members are unique and can vary greatly in their process of reintegration.