Hi, I am new to this board (although I've posted on the military board on the nest awhile back). DH just got orders for his next deployment, which won't happen until exactly 1 year from now. Our kids are 7, 5, and we have one on the way. I want the kids to be well prepared, but I don't want them worrying about it all too soon. DH thinks we should just break the news to them now since they will probably hear us mentioning it to our friends and parents. I think we should keep it under wraps (from everyone) for at least a few months. After all, things change - DH was supposed to be deployed this whole year but it was canceled a few months beforehand.