Military Transitions and Spouse Involvement

For military families, the transition process can be painful. Those who have been a part of the military community will say that, for all of the frustrations with military life, there are also many benefits that they will miss. The sense of community, the supporting agencies, healthcare and even gym access right there on base are just a few of the many things transitioning families often have to do without as they move on. Up until now, the Department of Defense has focused its transitioning programs on the service member only, but that appears to be changing.

Spouses were invited to take part in service member transition classes on a space-available basis. With most classes and events occurring during the work day, and with limited daycare opportunities for children, many spouses found that they were excluded. Not taking part in these transition processes means that they rely on their spouse to ensure that all aspects of the transition are understood. Inherently this is flawed.

The service member will always approach the transition process from their perspective. A family member may have questions that pertain to the short and long term aspects of the post-transition reality which a service member may not have considered. Not understanding this can cause significant financial and emotional obstacles down the road.

TransitionAccordingly, under the new program that will roll out this fall, classes that are provided will be made available online through Military OneSource. This will ensure that family members can access the information on their timelines, even if it does not match the military class schedules. This will include up to 35 topics ranging from PowerPoint presentations to videos. By ensuring that the information is available, the military is doing a service to the families that, in their own way, have supported it over the years.

Each family member has sacrificed something on behalf of their spouse in the military. Whether it is constant moves or even starting a career over for the umpteenth time, the fact remains that the military is a challenging environment to be a part of. Accordingly, it is no surprise that the transition process would be both a welcome sight, and a confusing frustration to many at the same time.

The reality is that any transition is difficult. There are a lot of unknowns facing a family. From the concern about follow-on employment, educational opportunities, VA health care, medical transitions and life insurance. The concerns have a profound effect on the happiness of the people performing the transition. It is a huge step forward to provide this information in a publically accessible venue and to take into consideration the capabilities of the family members.

Leaving the military should be a relatively easy process and moving on should be something that is done with the most current and relevant information. This change helps to ensure that this is both an available reality and will shortly be in the hands of the very people who need it the most, the families.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Kyle Soler

Kyle Soler is an active duty Infantry Officer serving in the US Army. He has served in the military for more than 10 years, working his way from an Infantry Squad Leader to a Company Commander with multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in between. Kyle earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Willamette University, and three Master degrees from Jones International University in Information Security Management, Health Care Management, and International Business. He also holds certifications in Six Sigma Lean and Six Sigma Lean Black Belt. His primary focus is realigning organizational priorities to get the most out of the time available in terms of training and development. Prior to entering military service, he worked as a fire fighter and an EMT. His areas of knowledge include military, training, leadership, disaster and continuity planning.
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