Deployment involves a separation period between the service member and his/her partner, friends and family. It is vital that plans to keep in touch are made prior to deployment, and that you stick to these plans. Communication during a separation period is essential as it boosts morale for both the service member and those left at home. Also, by keeping each other up to date on changes regarding finances, personal experiences, achievements, friendships, goals, etc. the reunion process can become less awkward.