The Emotional Cycle of Post Deployment

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It is completely normal to have post deployment emotions when the Service Member returns home.

Your understanding of the Emotional Cycle of Deployment was beneficial before and during deployment, and it will also be helpful as you learn about specific emotions and behaviors during reintegration. There are a mix of emotions surrounding the deployment once the Service Member returns back home. These emotions are perfectly normal and should not be ignored. Learn what these emotions are and how to handle them to make the transition from deployment to home easier for the whole family. By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Identify the seven stages of the emotional cycle of deployment,
  • Recall characteristics of the two post deployment stages, and
  • Apply strategies to manage the emotional cycle of post deployment.