Deployment Away from the Home Base

Always check specific details with your US Chain of Command.


Before deploying with US forces, British SP require legal authority from the J9 cell at PJHQ. This authority will detail what ROE an individual will be operating under, a briefing from the LEGAD and will highlight any restrictions placed upon the deployment. Typically, this authority will take four weeks to process and should be sought through the single Service (sS) staff within the Embassy.


Even if the deployment may feel like a long way off, it’s a good to start preparing. Individuals are to ensure that they have checked the following documents:

  • MOD Form 90. A complete check on the serviceability of all Identity Cards; these should be in pristine condition. New ID cards are to be applied for immediately if missing or damaged.
  • ID Disks/Med Warning Tags. All ID Disks should be checked against personal details to ensure that they are accurate. If applicable, Med Warning Tags are to be worn in case of any emergencies.
  • Passport. All personnel are to be in possession of a full passport that is in a serviceable condition.
  • Emergency Contact (EC) Next of Kin (NOK). It is vitally important for all EC and NOK documentation to be up to date and correct. Check is to include gender, relationship, phone numbers, addresses and marital status. Changes to EC or NOKs are to be immediately updated on JPA. Please complete this form​ to update details and send to Unit HR.
  • W​ill Form. Individuals should either make private arrangements or complete a MOD Form 106 (Will Form for Service Personnel). Once completed, the Will is then sealed in an AF W3601 (7/98), available from J1 HR, then sent to the Wills Library at Kentigern House, Glasgow, under cover of JS From JPA N004 (02/05) for safe keeping. In cases where a SP has an existing Will, the location of that Will must be recorded on JPA.


  • you should notify the sS desk and the J1 HR Team at the British Embassy of your planned deployment location and dates:
  • ensure that your US unit includes your family in the contact details of people and organisations ready to support them during the deployment of your US unit
  • arrange for you and your family to attend any US unit deployment briefs (where provided)
  • complete the Deployment Keeping In Touch form, ensuring that you nominate a single Point of Contact (POC) on the US unit to maintain regular communication – this person will be your first port of call for any queries from your family during the deployment
  • update the Deployment Support Leaflet and ensure that your family are familiar with the role of the JCCC and have a copy of the leaflets available with all relevant information completed
  • check to ensure that you have ticked off all Self-Service Responsibilities as early as possible

Practical advice (weeks before deployment)

  • ensure that your family knows where all important documents are kept, such as insurance policies and wills
  • does your family know how to turn off the water, gas and electricity?
  • do they know how the heating system works?
  • talk through the ‘In Case of Emergency (ICE)’ process and download the MOD ICE app on the devices of your friends and family

Emotional support

Deployment is undeniably a very emotional experience for everyone, whether you’re the family holding the fort at home, or you’re the one being deployed.

At this stage it’s advisable to start recognising and acknowledging that certain emotions will start to come to the surface. Feelings of anger, resentment and underlying tension commonly characterise this part of the pre-deployment period. It’s important to remember that these feelings are perfectly normal and are felt by the people around you.

This is therefore the perfect time to start making connections (if you haven’t already) with the people like you who are in a similar situation. Building a strong support network that will be invaluable during deployment.

During deployment

In a family emergency call THE BDSUS DUTY OFFICER ON 202 288 6083

See what to do in a family emergency.

For non-emergency enquiries you can contact your assigned single Point of Contact (POC).

Returning from deployment

To prepare for the return of your partner you can download and read Coming Home, and Return & Reunion.

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2022 @ 11:38 am

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