Trimming deployments back to 12 months might sound like a good thing. It’s certainly better than extending them again (but there’s no way the administration could have gotten away with THAT!), but those who know say the timeframe needs to be shorter.
Most soldiers I know greeted yesterday’s news about the reduction in combat-tour lengths with a great deal of cynicism. It’s not that they don’t appreciate the reduction — they do, and their families most certainly do. It’s just that even a 12-month tour is such a hardship, such a departure from […]