(Disclaimer: this is my understanding of events, I am not a journalist or expert)
For those of you who weren't aware, the Secretary of Defense announced last night that all active duty army units would have their deployments extended to no more than 15 months, with 12 months at home. Even though Allen is not in a unit that will deploy, I still sat there, listening to the announcement with a sense of dread, and imagined all of those military families out there who were finding out that their soldiers were not coming home at the time expected. Apparently, this announcement wasn't previously passed on to the soldiers first. Just as when Allen's unit was extended, the families read it first from the news, rather than their units. Sadly, for some units, this was good news. This meant their deployment would be no more than 15 months, rather than the 16 that some units have endured. This also means that the units will be home for at least a year, since many of them have not been. I don't pretend to know what the solution in Iraq should be, but I am so saddened to think of all these families who have 3 additional months to worry about their soldiers' safety.