Iraq duty deters re-enlistment

We can only hope this is a one-time blip instead of a signal of a longer-term problem.

I’m only a civilian, so it’s not clear to me why the Army couldn’t swap soldiers between Iraq and other bases in Europe or Southeast Asia. While it wouldn’t get them all the way home, it would at least get them out of the hot zone so they could decompress before coming home. The long duty has to be grinding these guys down.