What type of transition tips are there for a Family going to an IET assignment?
Since your cadre spouse may have a hectic schedule in this IET assignment, you may inherit some new responsibilities. Prior to your arrival, research your new IET installation's website for a head start on your move. Here are more helpful tips.
- Know where Power of Attorneys (POA) are and keep them up to date and readily available for any situations
- Know the difference between general and specific POA
- Ask organizations what they will accept (general/specific)
- Know specifics about Wills and where they are kept
- Know specifics of Servicemember's Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and where it is located
- Be aware of tax laws (vehicle) in your area
- Consider having both names on checking accounts or establishing a separate joint account
- Being a new parent brings added challenges to your assignment
- Understand your spouse's job responsibilities and duty hours
- Make life adjustments before birth
- Be organized
- Take parenting classes (free through ACS)
- Bring a close Family member to live with you to help out with the household
- Find another new mother/father with whom you can talk to
- Take part in programs that are offered (support groups, social worker visits)
- Know the Army's paternity leave policy
Transportation: Do not confine yourself to your home if there is only one vehicle in the Family. If possible, use public transportation (varies by installation) or drive your cadre spouse to work.