Ensure you have your copy of the latest Guide for the families of mobilised members of the Army Reserves. If not, please contact the Regimental Operational Support Officer (ROSO) at your soldier's unit or the Welfare Officer at the Reserves Training and Mobilisation Centre (RTMC) on 0115 957 2698.
The guide includes:
Preparing for Deployment: Sorting out the finances - Wills and insurance - Legal matters –Access to Military Establishments - Army pay, allowances and pensions - Prepare the children - Relationships - The car - Key documents - Dates to remember - Pre-deployment checklist.
During Deployment: Keeping in touch - E-blueys – ArmyNet – Mobile Phones – Deployment Welfare Package – Security – Pregnancy – Debt – Going away – Separation Survival Guide – Rest & Recuperation –Who can you turn to for help? – Emergencies
Homecoming: Things to consider – Children and Reunion – Tips on dealing with stress and post traumatic stress disorder – Returning to civilian employment – CompensationBack to top
The AFF now sends a Deployment Pack to the family of every mobilising Army Reserves soldier who requests one.
Check out the Army Reserves pages on the Army website for detailed information. The 'Mobilisation' link has sub pages which cover: Call-out notice and pack; Exemption and deferral; Rights and responsibilities; Preparing for mobilisation; Reporting for service; Demobilisation and returning to work.
Ask your soldier to register you as a guest on ArmyNet, which is a dedicated website for soldiers and their families. Information provided by the army for families will be under the heading Welfare.Back to top
Contact with other Army Reserves families
Feedback has told us that many families would really like contact with other families who understand their situation. The difficulty is reaching them. The following should help;
- Attend any pre-deployment or mid tour briefings if you can. If you can’t make them, ask the unit to give you contact details of other families from your unit.
- The AFF can sometimes put families in contact with each other as ‘Mob Buddies’.
If you need extra help
If something is getting you down, and you feel the need to talk it over with someone outside of the Army, then talk to SSAFA Forces Help Support Line. It’s completely confidential, and they are available every day from anywhere in the world. The line is open Monday-Friday from 1030 - 1730 (UK local time) every day, including Bank Holidays on Freephone 0800 731 4880.Back to top
Reserves Mental Health Programme – There is now a dedicated programme to help Reservists who may have been affected by their operational experiences. Call Freephone 0800 0326 258 for more information and see the Reserves Mental Health Programme on the Army website.Back to top
One of the hardest feelings for the families of mobilised Army Reserves soldiers to cope with is isolation. This is not to be confused with loneliness. Frequently, you will be surrounded by family and friends who will all want to help and support you – as best they can. However, they may not understand the specific situation that you find yourself in. It can be enormously comforting to be in contact with others in the same boat and a network enables you to reach other families who also have a soldier in the Reserve Forces.
Click here – for a factsheet on the value of making contact with other families.
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