Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2018

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English, Linguistics, and Communication

Department Chair or Program Director

Richards, Gary

First Advisor

Johnson-Young, Elizabeth

Major or Concentration

Communication and Digital Studies


In order to understand how far communication between deployed personnel and their families has progressed we have to examine the history of communication. As technology has advanced communication to those deployed has changed over the course of time. In the last century communication with military family members deployed overseas was regulated to letters, phone calls, telegrams, audio and videotapes and possibly the Military Auxiliary Radio System or MARS line when available. However, today communication has vastly improved allowing people to communicate in real-time or near real-time by utilizing communication tools such as: email, Skype, FaceTime, Hangouts and Facebook. These types of technology and software applications have become a way of life for military families during deployments. Regardless of the communication method encouraging military family members and providing a means to communicate is one of the most important factors in having a successful deployment.

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Communication Commons