There are four emotional phases to deployment; with each phase carrying its own emotional roller coaster ride stages - and what a ride it is! Approximately five to six weeks before deployment if your partner is given that much notice , you both begin to prepare for separation. Your partner prepares to deploy whilst you prepare to be on your own. You may feel any one of these emotions, restlessness, sadness, irritability, anger and resentment. It is common to jump from one emotion to another in the blink of an eye. Don't feel guilty, simply acknowledge the emotions, it genuinely is a normal pre-deployment reaction.