"It speaks pretty well to the fortitude of these folks that they just keep coming back for more," says James Willbanks, director of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. "But it's difficult to watch, because it's really hard on them, and very, very difficult on the families." ... "What is exceptional ... is the repeated deployments," says Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian James McPherson.
He says the average Civil War tour of duty was about 2½ years, with small numbers serving for the duration.
"These (current deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan) may take a greater physical and psychological toll than a single deployment, even if the latter is longer," McPherson says.
Det är bara att inse att våra kontraktssoldater kommer att få det mycket svårt att ha ett civilt liv och skaffa familj under den tid dom är anställda.