Originally Posted by swell_mel
okay so i have no army knowledge. do all enlisted army people get deployed for long periods of time? dh is a computer guy and has said that if he were to joint he army he would still want to be an IT guy. anyhoo, are all active army people deployed at some point? i guess my big fear is that he would be gone for a year. that is one of the things that is really holding me back from being cool with him joining the army. i think we could handle shorter periods of time but a year is not something i would want. that would really keep me from being on board with him signing up.
Its hard to say. DH is in an MOS that does not deploy, but he himself was called up for individual augment (aka he was deployed, but not doing his MOS but rather some office work that needed done)
So I cannot say that no, it will not happen... the vast majority of IA is volunteer (DHs was not but he would have volunteered for it anyway) and theres no telling what job he would be put as if he were pulled up for one... but if he is not infantry he is a lot less likely to be put in the riskier situations.
I obviously cannot promise you it will not happen... but that job is a lot less likely than some others to be put into harms way.
For example... DHs brother (my BIL I mentioned before) is an MP... when he was sent over there, his job was a lot more dangerous than DHs. DHs biggest daily risk was a papercut (okay well, there were bigger risks but a lot less likely to happen than a papercut!) BIL was out in the Afghanistan area (away from their central base) almost the entire time and while he can not tell us exactly what he did still... I know it was obviously not very safe for him. But all that were deployed with him made it home without a single injury caused by the enemies (there was a broken wrist caused by stupidity though lol)
Two of my good friends husbands are linguists... if the need for them arose, they could be put into some VERY dangerous situations... but its not very likely.
My brothers MOS I do not remember SPECIFICALLY what it was called but it deals with computers and if he is sent over for his MOS he will mostly be on base the entire time.
Now what you probably dont want to hear... Ill go back to why my hubby is a combat veteran... this is his account of what happened that day (if you do not want to read it I do not blame you but its the most honest look at what he went through you can find... no one in his convoy was injured bad, some shrapnel injury but that guy got a purple heart and didn't miss a day of work!)http://animedevildog.deviantart.com/journal/2192930/
his account of it starts at where he says Around 2130
His job was supply... most days he was on base. Plus, this was in 2004 and near Fallujah which nowadays is nowhere NEAR as bad as it was back then. I do not know how Afghanistan is now... The only reason he was even on this convoy was that they switched his job on him like the day before it happened.
As I said, we send soldiers and Marines over who are trained to handle situations like these in the way that keeps them safest. Yes, some do all they can and are still injured or worse... but the VAST majority of men and women who deploy overseas come home without injury. And still a huge amount come home without ever seeing combat.
My MP BIL never even saw combat in his time over in Afghanistan (the moment you do, you become a combat veteran... which is not a ribbon he has earned yet. As an older brother I think it makes him a bit sore his little brothers earned that and a presidential unit citation!)