What does the draw down mean for service members?

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/dwelling-on-dwell-time/

“Dwelling on Dwell Time
By FIRST LT. MARK LARSON

FORT DRUM, N.Y. — “It must feel great to be back in the States, right?” I get this question all the time from friends who haven’t seen me since I got back from Afghanistan last December.

It seems like a simple enough question. Yes, it’s great to be around all the things that you are deprived of in Afghanistan: women, alcohol, not having everything you own covered in dust and sand. But the truth is that after six months of recuperation and rest, I’m ready to go back. Needless to say, my friends have quite the look of incredulity on their faces when I say that.

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