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DEPLOYMENTS: Defining and Preparing for Deployment: Definitions
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  • Deployment
    Temporarily moved from the permanent duty station, generally to an overseas location or on a ship.

  • Duty Station
    Shortened version of Permanent Duty Station

  • Float
    Deployment on a ship

  • In Country
    Terminology used to refer to the status of a Marine that is deployed. To say the Marine is "In Country" typically means that he is not in the United States. "In Country" can refer to any location other than the U.S., whether a combat zone or not.

  • Permanent Duty Station (PDS)
    The base your Marine is stationed when not on deployment; the primary base or installation for his battalion or unit.

  • RBE: Remain Behind Element
    The RBE, or Remain Behind Element, is a small number of Marines from the deployed unit that stay at the permanent duty station of the deploying Marines. The RBE functions include communications with family members and maintaining the unit's affairs at their main base.

  • Advance Party
    The Advance Party is generally a small number of Marines from the deploying unit that arrive "in country" prior to the majority of the battalion. The Advance Party functions as the element to prepare arrival for the rest of the battalion.

  • Rear Party
    The Rear Party is generally a small number of Marines that stay "in country" for a longer period of time than the majority of the battalion. The Rear Party functions as the element to finalize the location after the battalion departs.

  • FRO: Family Readiness Officer
    The FRO, or Family Readiness Officer, is the primary source for information for the parents of a deployed Marine. The FRO is a Marine from the deployed battalion that stays behind at the Permanent Duty Station (PDS) to manage the affairs of the rest of the deployed battalion. The FRO will also keep the parents informed of battalion activities during deployments via a hotline number and frequently, but not always, a direct phone line to the FRO's office.

  • KVN: Key Volunteer Network
    The Key Volunteer Network, or KVN, is a service offered by the USMC. The purpose of the KV Network is to provide the spouses of deployed Marines and Sailors a support system and means of communicating the available assets and services during any period of deployment. The spouses can also use the network to seek assistance for personal problems and questions concerning their Marine or Sailor. The first call by a spouse is to the primary Key Volunteer (KV). This allows for the fastest means of problem solving as it works it way up the KVN chain for resolution.

  • KV: Key Volunteer
    A KV, or Key Volunteer, is a volunteer member of the KVN. A KV is assigned to a particular company and/or platoon to serve as a communications link between the command and unit spouses. Most KVs are stationed at or near the PDS and attend regular meetings with the unit FRO to stay informed of the battalion's acitivities during deployment. The KV then relays information via phone calls and/or emails to the other spouses. As the spouse of a deployed Marine, you should be given a KV for contact during your Marine's deployment.


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