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Handbook 10-02
October 2009

Transition Tips

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.

Legal Issues

  • 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

New Parents

  • 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.


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