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Is your Facebook page a threat to national security? What about your momma's address? Only while deployed in service to our country can you completely let your appearance go . . . and receive no less than five marriage proposals. Many books have been written about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but few touch on the day-to-day lives of deployed service members, especially in a lighthearted manner that is enjoyable to read and share with others. Paul Smith and Kristina Smith set out to rectify this oversight ...
Is your Facebook page a threat to national security? What about your momma's address? Only while deployed in service to our country can you completely let your appearance go . . . and receive no less than five marriage proposals. Many books have been written about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but few touch on the day-to-day lives of deployed service members, especially in a lighthearted manner that is enjoyable to read and share with others. Paul Smith and Kristina Smith set out to rectify this oversight with The Ultimate Deployment Guidebook.
Smith and Smith (no relation) met in Afghanistan during their deployment in 2010-2011, where they started joking about the various lifestyle changes necessary overseas. Their conversations led to the creation of this book, with two very different military/contracting backgrounds forming a truly unique view of overseas tours.
The authors tossed aside military jargon and acronyms and filled the resulting vacuum with insights into military deployments (most of them with a humorous twist). Smith and Smith relied upon their personal experiences as veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, together with observations from other service members, to create a guidebook rich with funny and helpful stories, useful tips, and accessible content. Get the lowdown on living conditions (shower etiquette 101), chow time (how many ways can chicken be prepared, anyway?), and the locals (is that a riot or a celebration?). Prepare with a pre-deployment checklist and create a financial plan for your time overseas. This unique book also includes a list of organizations that support deployed service members, a list of suggested care package items with mailing tips, and many other helpful suggestions to make life more enjoyable and meaningful while our loved ones serve and defend the country we love.
Lighthearted and accessible, The Ultimate Deployment Guidebook appeals to a broad audience, including family members who have loved ones deployed overseas. It is a "must-read book" for the first-time deployed, civilian contractors, family and friends of service members, and anyone who has ever wondered about everyday life for service members in a theater of conflict.
Posted January 29, 2014
Being a well-seasoned Submariner’s wife, I saw the title of this book and thought it was just another “spouse survival” handbook, because let’s face it, you will never have the same deployment experience twice and often you spend a lot of time searching out other people’s experiences to possibly pull something new to try to merely survive a deployment. Written by a male veteran and contractor and an active duty female soldier, Smith & Smith provide a comical but serious twist on the other side of deployment us at home would love to relate to, and now we can.
“Why Fobbits may be mocked for never leaving the comforts of home…”
From being a female and having to pee in a FUD (female urinal) while in the midst of men within a vehicle, to there simply isn’t enough lotion in the world to keep your skin hydrated, to the probability of finding what you need at the base store is just not happening, the Smiths (no relation) shed some light for new soldiers and their families to help ease the hardships that accompany a deployment. This book is a must have when preparing care packages, for the new spouse, and for family who just don’t understand. I highly recommend this book as required reading!
*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
*You can view the original review at San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
Posted November 26, 2013
Very insightful. More like a Q&A about the everyday life a soldier more than anything else. Had some rather fun points pointed out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.