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Week 2: Dual and Single Military Families
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—MILPER Message 06-363, Voluntary Deployment Preference Initiative for the Married Army Couples Program (2007)
Out of all U.S. active military personnel in 2013, 90,000, or 6.5
% of them are in dual-military marriages, and 73,000 (5
%) are single military parents (Mixon, 2013). The responsibilities of managing parental, household, and financial responsibilities coupled with a military career can be extremely stressful. Both dual military and single parents have specialized needs and as a helping professional it is important to recognize those needs to provide specialized support.
This week, you examine the stressors and needs of dual and single family parents and consider the strategies needed to provide effective support. In addition, you create a template for a Family Care Plan.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
Analyze needs of military families
Analyze strategies to support military families
Create a Family Care Plan template
Learning Resources
Required Readings
Lee, A. (2018, March 28). Face of defense: single parents lead households, squadrons. Retrieved from https://dod.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1477835/face-of-defense-single-parents-lead-households-squadrons/
U.S. Department of Defense. (2017, May 16). Face of defense: Dual-military couple tackles challenges. Retrieved from https://dod.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1183842/face-of-defense-dual-military-couple-tackles-challenges/source/GovDelivery/
Sullivan, M. E. (2013). Introduction to the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody And Visitation Act. Family Law Quarterly, 47(1), 97-135.
Optional Resources
Military OneSource. (n.d.). Balancing work and life as a dual military couple. Retrieved June 20, 2014, from http://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/marriage?content_id=269212
Nordman, D. (2011). Dual military couples [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://the-military-guide.com/2011/06/13/dual-military-couples/
Real Warriors Campaign. (n.d.). Maintain family strength when both parents deploy. Retrieved June 14, 2014, from http://www.realwarriors.net/active/treatment/deployedparents.php
Smith, M. (2003). When mom and dad are in the military. Parents. Retrieved from http://www.parents.com/parenting/dynamics/military/when-mom-dad-are-in-the-military/?page=2
Wilson, E. (2010, March). Care plan to encompass more military families. American Forces Press Service. Retrieved from http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=58339
Discussion: Dual Military Families
Dual military families are ones whose spouses are both in military service, and they are becoming more common. They might be in the same branch or different branches. The challenges for dual military families can be extensive and they may require a lot of support, particularly those who have children.
For this Discussion, select one of the following scenarios:
Imagine a married military couple serving in the same military branch, and both members have received new orders. One’s orders are for the West Coast of the United States and the other’s are for the East Coast of the United States. They have one child and a lot of family support from extended family members.
Imagine a married military couple serving in separate branches, the Air Force and the Army. They have three children, one of whom ha s asthma. One received orders for Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. The other is stationed in Germany for three years.
As a helping professional, what means of support or strategies might you recommend to aid the family you selected?
By Day 3
Post an explanation of how the support or strategies you recommend might be effective. Select a scholarly resource to support your recommendations.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts.
By Day 5
Respond to two or more colleagues with suggestions for additional supports or strategies you believe might be helpful in their scenarios.
Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.
To complete your Discussion, click on Discussions on the course navigation menu, and select “Week 2 Forum” to begin.
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria
To access your rubric:
Week 2 Discussion Rubric
Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 5
To participate in this Discussion:
Week 2 Discussion
Assignment: Family Care Plan
A family care plan is not only important but mandatory for single and dual military parents. Many times, military personnel will meet with a member of the Family Support Center to create a family care plan. The care plan must include how military personnel will address issues or care of their family while deployed. If you are working on a military installation in a Family Support Center, it is likely you will help dual active duty or single parents create care plans.
For this Assignment, think about how you would assist military personnel in creating a family care plan for:
A dual military family
A single military family with one parent killed in combat
A single parent with limited extended family
Create a template for a family care plan that you might use with one of the parents listed.
What elements are necessary as part of a family care plan?
How might you approach an active duty military personnel who might be resistant to including specific details of his or her family care plan?

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