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>Preparing for Speed Bumps: The Battle Book

>As my families Household 6, one of my biggest personal challenges with the Army is that I like to plan, to be prepared. And the Army is incredibly good at throwing a great big wrench into any plans we may make.

So, I’ve had to find ways to counter that by, basically, being prepared for anything. My number one tool in that is the Battle Book. I can’t remember the first person to tell me about the battle book but it has been refined and reorganized multiple times throughout  the last couple years. Whenever I hear an idea that sounds good, I incorporate that too.

This is not a military-only idea. A Battle Book is a good idea for anyone. It is a way of centrally locating information so that if something happens to you, the people around you providing support know what to do. It is a way of easing the challenge of life’s storms.

Here are the basics of my Battle Book.

Materials: I use a three ringed binder- one of the five star ones that has the cover that zips. I use tabs to separate the sections and page protectors for most of the pages. Small things are kept in the paper sized clear pencil holders designed to go in binders.

Opening Page- Index listing what is on each page

  • Mine and my husband’s names, address and cell phone numbers
  • Unit Name and contact information (address and phone number for staff duty)
  • A local emergency contact person with name, address and phone number
  • Next of Kin Contact with name address and phone number
  • Separate page listing who you would want contacted in the case of a casualty notification and their contact information signed by book owner.


  • POAs for General, Finance (DFAS specific if you are a military), Loan specific (give you the ability to handle loan payments, terms, etc), housing (ability to rent with the other person name on lease or break a lease), automobile, etc
  • Multiple copies of the service member’s orders
  • Wills for each adult
  • Burial arrangements that have been predetermined by the service member and spouse and signed


  • Current account info: Bank, account number
  • Mortgage or Rental Lease Info
  • Car Loan


  • Page with each company name, policy number and contact information for homeowners/renters, auto, health, and life insurance
  • Auto policies with copies of titles, insurance card copies, 
  • Copies of the policies for each insurance

Children(for each child)

  •  Child’s name
  • Clinic/primary care doctor
  • Medications
  • Glasses/contact information
  • Food Allergies
  • Special Needs
  • Outline of daily schedule
  • List of all after school activities- as if someone else had to step in to handle your child’s day with no direction from you
  • Pencil Pouch for each child: copy of birth certificate, shot records, prescriptions (glasses, medical), copy of social security card, deers enrollment, finger prints, tricare(or other insurance) card


  • Bills Outline: account info/number/ID, how each is paid (online/automatically), when each is due, contact info for each bill
  • If you have pets: vet info, feeding schedule, microchip info, vaccination/shot record

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About ThatArmyWife

I am an Army Wife, mom,equestrian, animal lover, and photographer.


6 thoughts on “>Preparing for Speed Bumps: The Battle Book

  1. >Great idea! Thank you for sharing!

    Posted by SLM | October 19, 2010, 11:26 pm
  2. >This is a great idea. I have a binder, but things get pulled out and then I tried keeping everything in a backpack, but that is so unorganized. I might have to try this!

    Posted by Penny | October 21, 2010, 3:00 pm
  3. >What an AWESOME idea!!! I am going to get started ASAP =) Stopping by from the RoundUp…nice to meet you!

    Posted by Kelli | October 22, 2010, 5:07 pm
  4. >What a great Idea! You better believe that is on my to-do list this weekend.

    Posted by Kaylee | October 22, 2010, 5:12 pm
  5. >What a great idea! I need to get started on a battle book of my own. We all need those items in one place BEFORE we need them.Great to see you on the mil spouse roundup! šŸ™‚

    Posted by Wife on the Roller Coaster | October 22, 2010, 9:50 pm
  6. >Thanks ladies…I will say that the battle book saved my butt a couple times. More than anything else, it keeps us organized. I have a "daily" one that I use monthly for bills, household projects, auto maintenance and so forth.

    Posted by Kristen | October 22, 2010, 10:12 pm

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