Working to serve in the United States Military is an excellent career for many people. A person can learn a trade, or a valuable skill, and the pay, allotments and other benefits allow you to support your family well. But sometimes for a variety of reasons a Servicemember will suddenly find themselves raising a child or a number of children as a single parent. Entering the service is also a choice that many Servicemembers make as a single parent because of the excellent pay, benefits and support that parents can access as American military service members.
A number of single parents join the Service because of the different support family services that the military has to help parents that are single and raising a family. The policies regarding single parenthood vary from service to service. While there are a number of programs that give support for single Military parents in the Armed Forces, there are also rules that apply for Servicemember parents that are called into the field on deployment. When joining the service single parents must make arrangements and give custody of their children to someone else. This is to protect the children in case the Servicemember is injured or killed on the battlefield. But there are often situations where Servicemembers on long term Active duty can have their children with them, in either base housing or military supplied off base housing. Knowing how to access support and to find answers as a single parent can make all the difference. One thing vital to remember as a family, and as a military parent, is to have a plan. The Servicemember that is a parent and becomes a single parent while on reserve or Active duty service should make sure that they have an effective, well thought out family care plan. Having an effective and workable care plan makes all the difference, and offers a sense of security for family members while the Servicemember is on deployment.
A?well thought out family care plan is detailed, and spelled out, and it makes allowances for various types of military service, but most of all it provides for the security and safety of family members. Sometimes your family can be together at a duty station, at other times your children will have to stay with a family member while you are on deployment. It spells out in detail the wishes of the service member.
Jodi Paddock says
I am a single parent..and I was told that I would need to give up custody of my son..I get that..but my recruiter told me that I would be without my son for up to a year, then after that he will be able to live with me…on the other hand, I’ve been asking around and someone told me that my recruiter was not telling me the truth..that I wont have him for my first enlistment period..which is 4-6 years…which is true??
Hello, I have been doing a lot of research. That is not true, Jodi. I went myself to see the regulations and states very clearly this is against the law. I am in the same situation. The service branch who has a waiver id the National Guard, they request the Family Care Plan. After that you will have time to decide what do you want to do or if a waiver comes to effect. My family is in the military and I ask a lot of questions because some of the recruiter take advantage of the people desperation. If you need more information please let me know.
I hope this help.
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let me clear this up, to go into the reserve or national gaurd no, you do not have to give up custody of your children/child. All you need is a FCP (family care plan). But if youare looking to go active duty, then yes, you have to give up custody, unless you are married. The only way to be a single mother/father in the military is to become “single” once you havew already enlisted.
Leon Sharpe IV says
Hi, I’m a single dad in want to join National Guard, will I have to give my daughter up?
So if I am joining the reserve can my sons father try and take him from me while I am at basic and tech school?
Jasmine Palma says
Hi I Am Turning 24 yrs old on Sept 12, i have no luck finding a job and i am a single mom with a 5 year old girl, can i join the army without her father trying to take her away when word goes around??? Please give me any advice im a desperate mom and i want my daughter to have what she needs that i cant afford because no luck in getting a job. THANK YOU.
IVORY NUNEZ says
Hi I am a single mother of 4 girls will I be able to join any military
Hello! I am a current SM in the USAR – been awarded PMOS to 68E and an approved conditional release to AC. I feel overwhelmed with the deadline in the near future to submit documentation to finalize this process. Yes, have been told that I would temporarily have to give my custody up and can obtain primary, or full custody once settled. What documentation is needed for the court to amend my court order and grant this along with having my FCP? I do not have a supportive former spouse in any regard to make a transition as such possible .. . need guidance or information.