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Deployment Cycle Support (DCS)

What is it?
The DCS is a comprehensive process that ensures Soldiers of both Active Component and Reserve Components, their Families, and Department of the Army (DA) Civilians, are better prepared and sustained throughout deployments. It provides a means to identify those who may need assistance with the challenges inherent to deployments. The goal of DCS is to facilitate Soldier, DA Civilian and Family well-being throughout the deployment cycle. All Soldiers deployed away from home station for 90 days or more will complete the DCS process. Services for DA Civilians and Families are integrated in every stage of the process, and they are highly encouraged to take advantage of the resources provided.

What has the Army done?
In 2002-2003, the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3 formed a 'tiger team' to review the effects of stress caused by deployments with the goal of mitigating the adverse effects associated with extended deployments. The tiger team identified the requirement to increase emphasis on successful reintegration of Soldiers, their Families and Civilians, and into pre-conflict environments. In March 2003, the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3 identified the emerging nature of DCS as a personnel coordination requirement and responsibility was shifted to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1. On May 2, 2003, Headquarters DA, Human Resources and Well-Being, published the DCS concept of the operation and website focusing on redeployment, post-deployment, and reconstitution stages. On March 26, 2007, the DCS Directive was published to reflect the entire deployment cycle. As of September 30, 2008, approximately 581,893 Soldiers, DA Civilians, and other service members have completed the redeployment stage (in-theater) tasks of the DCS process.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is continuing to review and evaluate the effectiveness of the DCS process. In order to reduce units' administrative burden and to avoid duplication of tasks, we are working to integrate the DCS task list into an existing Army system to automate recordkeeping and accurately track completion of tasks.

Why is this important to the Army?
The DCS process is directly related to the well-being of the force. It consolidates and synchronizes programs designed to assist Soldiers, their Families, and DA Civilians to prepare them for deployments, assist them during deployment, and successfully reintegrate them upon their return.

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