Reintegration is a process, not a single event. It starts from the moment you receive notice you have been selected for an IA assignment. Your CIAC and IDSS (Individual Deployment Support Specialist) will contact you and your family every 30 days unless specified otherwise in the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS).
Within 30 days of the end of your assignment, an email will be sent advising you to contact your CIAC. This will start your respective Command’s execution of planned returned events.
Opportunities to facilitate the IA Sailor’s adjustment back into the Family, Command and Community are promoted by the Commands with their respective planned reunion and reintegration events. Examples of Command events:
As with all reintegration processes, returning IA Sailors may encounter some challenges:
- Potential feelings of loss or displacement (loss of group cohesiveness and separation; returning as an individual, not as a unit)
- Acknowledging that roles and relationships may have changed or been reshaped
- Difficulty communicating needs or sharing experiences
If you find you are experiencing difficulty trying to adjust, do not hesitate to contact any of the following support services: