Challenges During Deployment - Veterans Employment Toolkit
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Challenges During Deployment

Deployments can present military personnel with a number of challenges. Here are some examples of challenges faced during deployment.

Physical and Practical Challenges

  • • Safety concerns

  • • Hostile environment

  • • Illness, injury

  • • Trauma (e.g., combat, accidents)

  • • Exposure to toxins

  • • Intense desert heat

  • • Intense cold

  • • Dehydration

  • • Sand, sandstorms

  • • Not having needed equipment

  • • Delayed supplies

  • • Sleep deprivation, nightmares

  • • Co-ed living quarters

  • • Lengthy deployments (12 to 18 months)

  • • Being deployed multiple times

Emotional and Mental Challenges

  • • Uncertainty / Ambiguity

  • • Ambiguous enemy

  • • Authoritative work environment

  • • Fear, anger

  • • Hatred of the enemy

  • • Loss, death

  • • Survivor guilt

  • • Boredom

  • • Hyper-focus/concentration

  • • Fast-paced action

  • • Lack of information

  • • Values challenged

  • • Life does not make sense

  • • Lost of faith in God or religious belief

  • • Concerns about employment upon return

Social Challenges

  • • Managing peers/leaders

  • • Relationship conflicts

  • • Family separation

  • • Loss of income/financial worries

  • • Missing family milestones

  • • Separated from social supports

  • • Little to no privacy/private time

  • • Perceived lack of support of war efforts or military from general public