Books series created to explain defence deployment to children of service personnel

Deployment is a fact of life for Australia’s defence personnel.

But for a child, having a parent on deployment can be confusing and stressful, especially if it’s for a long period, according to Hayley Boswell.

This issue was brought home to Ms Boswell when her daughter Evie May was born earlier this year.

Ms Boswell’s partner, Chief Petty Officer Bradley Lynch, is in the Royal Australian Navy.

“With the delightful joy of Evie May’s birth came the realisation that Evie would someday be trying to understand what her dad does and why he’s required to deploy for lengthy periods,” she said.

Ms Boswell decided to write her book – My Dad’s in the Australian Navy – to help Evie better understand her dad’s job.

Almost immediately, she found keen interest among other Navy families and the idea took on a life of its own and one book has grown into a series of My Dad and My Mum books, to cover all branches of the defence forces. The books are available to purchase from