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PSU Deploment - wife here
Last Post 02 Jun 2018 01:00 PM by Cindy C.. 2 Replies.
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23 May 2018 07:21 AM
    My husband recently was told he will be transferred to a PSU starting in Oct. Hes been in the Reserves for 9 years and has had it pretty easy so far and we are currently expecting our first child in August so this is a bit overwhelming. All he knows so far is what unit and that he will possibly be in communications. He was told they believe the next deployment is some time end of next year to Cuba. His current drills are local hes never had to stay out of town, new PSU is 2 hours away. Can anyone tell me what drill life is like in PSU? Does he have to do the drills on the weekend calendar or can he request them? (he currently has to work 1 w/e a month at his civilian job). Also, when deployed, do you get to come home at all or family go there?? Do you get to communicate with family back home daily? Any insight to ease a wife's mind would be great! Thanks.
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    25 May 2018 10:24 PM
    I did a PSU tour early in my career, so I may be able to offer some guidance. The first thing that jumps out at me though is that your husband is being transferred to a unit two hours from home. That tells me that his commute is over 50 miles one way. I bring this up because 50 miles one way is what is considered the Reasonable Commuting Distance (RCD). If a servicemember is going to be sent to a unit outside the RCD, it can only be with their consent. I'm assuming your husband agreed to this ttransfer.

    PSU's are the only units in the CG that operate on the traditional Reserve model. That is, the entire unit meets on the same weekend (for example, third weekend of each month). So to answer your question, he cannot request his drill dates as he is likely doing at his current unit. The reason for this is the PSU's mission. They deploy worldwide to protect US Naval and other high value assets. Their qualifications must be current, as PSU's are required to be able to deploy within 96 hours of notification.

    If he's being deployed to Guantanamo Bay, he will not be able to come home, nor will you be able to visit while he's deployed. As for communications, I would imagine it wouldn't be difficult since Cuba is not that far away and he'll be on a well established US Navy base.
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    02 Jun 2018 01:00 PM
    My husband is in a PSU and deploying soon to Cuba.  I think it depends on each command what exactly the rules are, but we do get to go visit (with a lot of stipulation and rules).  As far as drills go, yes it will on a weekend and he has to go when everyone else goes.  I was also surprised to learn that PSU weekends are three days, not two.  I didn't see that one coming. 
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