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Deployment Cycle Support Process – DCS Info and FAQ


By: Military OneSource

What is Deployment Cycle Support?

Deployment Cycle Support (DCS) is a comprehensive process that ensures Soldiers, DA civilians and their families are better prepared and sustained throughout the deployment cycle. It provides a means to identify Soldiers, DA civilians, and families who may need assistance with the challenges inherent to extended deployments.

Who is required to undergo the DCS Process?


The Army conducts DCS operations for Soldiers and DA civilians who are deployed for 90 days or more. The DCS process is mandatory for Soldiers and participation is highly encouraged for DA civilians and family members.

Who is responsible to insure Soldiers complete the DCS Process?

Commanders are responsible for ensuring Soldiers complete DCS tasks and documentation of the tasks. During the redeployment stage, the first O-5 in the chain of command will certify that the unit and / or eligible individuals have completed DCS tasks.

Can family members attend DCS briefings and training sessions?


Yes. In accordance with AR 600-20, paragraph 5-10, family members of Soldiers and DA civilians are included in Army family programs; therefore, both Soldier and DA civilian family members are authorized and highly encouraged to attend briefings, training, counseling, and other services identified by the DCS process.

What is Military OneSource?

Military OneSource is a toll-free information and telephone referral service that provides consultants who can assist with information ranging from every day concerns to deployment and reintegration issues. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Active Duty, Army Reserve, National Guard military members and their families, and deployed civilians and their families.

How do I contact Military OneSource?

Contact Military OneSource by dialing toll-free 1-800-342-9647 (stateside), 1-800-3429-6477 (International), or on the web at http://www.militaryonesource.com.

What assistance is available through Military OneSource?

Military OneSource assistance includes:

Parenting and Child Care
Education
Relocation
Financial and Legal Concerns
Everyday Issues
Emotional Well-being
Health and Fitness
Addiction and Recovery
Military Life
Adult or Child Special Needs
Work Concerns
Crisis Support
Life-Issues Library / Pre-Paid Materials
Elderly Care
TRICARE

Are DA Civilians authorized to use Military OneSource?

Yes. DA Civilians deployed overseas, and their family members, are authorized Military OneSource services during the period of deployment and for up to 180 days after returning to home station. Deployment Cycle Support Process - (DCS)

Train-up / Preparation Stage

Units complete the reset actions and begin to enter the traditional training cycle. Individual and collective training and readiness activities drive this stage. During the Train-up / Preparation stage, DCS tasks consisting of personnel administrative actions, briefings, training, counseling, and medical evaluations are completed to ensure all Soldiers, DA civilians, and their families are prepared for extended deployments.

Mobilization Stage

Units or individuals are alerted for possible deployment and undergo preparation. During the mobilization stage, DCS tasks consisting of administrative actions, briefings, training, counseling, and medical evaluations are completed to ensure all Soldiers and their families are prepared for extended deployments.

Deployment Stage

Units or individuals deploy from the CONUS or OCONUS installations into the designated theater. Recurring administrative actions are completed during the deployment stage.

Employment Stage

During the employment stage, units or individuals perform their assigned mission in support of the Joint Force Commander for a prescribed period of time. Employment stage tasks include recurring administrative actions and briefings, training, and counseling for Soldiers departing theater on emergency leave, R&R, and medical evacuation.

Redeployment Stage

Units / individuals reposture in-theater; transfer forces and materiel to support other operational requirements; or return personnel, equipment, and materiel to the home station or DEMOB station. The redeployment stage continues the process of reintegrating Soldiers and DA civilians into their predeployment environments. Redeployment stage tasks include administrative actions, briefings, training, and counseling for Soldiers and DA civilians departing theater and family members at home station.

Post-Deployment Stage

Personnel, equipment, and materiel arrive at home station or DEMOB station. The post-deployment stage consists of administrative actions, briefings, training, counseling, and medical evaluations to facilitate the successful reintegration of Soldiers and DA civilians into their families and communities.

Reconstitution Stage

Soldiers and DA civilians continue the process of reintegrating into their families, communities, and civilian jobs. The reconstitution stage begins after completing post-deployment recovery and administrative requirements. Administrative actions, briefings, training, counseling, and medical evaluations are completed during the reconstitution stage.