I thought this was an interesting article. Married soldiers in Iraq are now being allowed to live in the same quarters instead of guys with the guys and gals with the gals. If you’d like to read yourself, here you go: “Married Troops Can Live Together in Iraq.”
From the article:
“It makes a lot of things easier,” said Frazier, 33, a helicopter maintenance supervisor in the 3rd Infantry Division. “It really adds a lot of stress, being separated. Now you can sit face-to-face and try to work out things and comfort each other.”…
“Some of the stuff I’ve seen, if she weren’t here, I’d be a lot less cool about it,” Matthew said as the pair sat inside their potpourri-scented living quarters – a mere 120 square feet, with a TV set atop two black lockboxes, an impressive collection of stuffed animals and a Chicago Bears plaque. “There was one night in particular, I saw something… I came in here, talked to her for a few minutes, went outside, took a deep breath and I was good to go.”
The statement reminded me of some advice given to me by one of my math professors when I was trying to decide if I wanted to pursue graduate school. Weighing on my mind heavily at the time was the fact that I also was very much interested in getting married and the professor from whom I was seeking counsel had been married with children while he was pursuing his advanced degrees. His observation was that on one hand the process was difficult on his family and that it really limited the time he had to spend with them, while on the other hand he said that being married really seemed provide him a balance and a peace or stability that the single graduate students didn’t have.
Anyway, it’s nice to see such a change in policy, and I’m happy for the families who are benefiting from it.