I have found that even active duty military personnel who have done several deployments over the years and are new to contracting have some adjustments to make. Contracting is not a new uniform with the same old support system. Contracting is done side by side with local and military partners, but your resources and access to said resources will be quite different. It is too easy to get used to all the systems of support that ‘big army’ or even the Marine Corps provides. Think well in advance of your contractual deployment date about your intended destination and what you might need and how you will get the necessities.