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MFRC Preparing for Deployment & Absence Resources

Ready for that upcoming deployment or work-related absence? We recommend that you go through the following resources before the departure date arrives.

Preparing for Deployment & Absences

Learn what you can expect, discover some resources that may aid you and your family, and connect with others anticipating an absence.

Parenting-coverParenting from Afar

Want to learn more about parenting in the military lifestyle? Learn how to maintain an active and vital role in the life of your child/ youth from afar with this easy-to-read handbook. Discover strategies to help support the connection between the parent/caregiver at home and the parent who is away so that you can continue to parent together while you are apart. 

Preparing for an Absence Checklists

Here are some helpful checklists to help you prepare for a work-related absence (course, exercise, deployment, overseas, Imposed Restriction).

Pre-Deployment & Absence Workshop Recording

Are you preparing for a deployment or work-related absence? Check out this presentation to help prepare your family and learn about the resources and supports available to you! Recorded July 2023.

Additional Resources

  • MFRC Family Networks - Connect with others going through the same experience, participate in social activities, and get the latest updates on deployments and work-related absences.
  • MFRC Emergency Family Plan - It is essential to plan for the unexpected for your and your family.
  • Military Family ID Card - Military families can use this card to access parts of CFB Esquimalt, including free access to the Naden Gym, and as identification for getting military discounts from local businesses. 
  • MFRC Children's Deployment Workbooks and Parent Guide - Workbooks for children 3 to 12 years of age and an easy-to-use parent guide for the at-home parent that includes tips and activities for the away parent.

Mental Health & Wellness Supports

Military Community Supports