Not to steer away from the purpose of this thread but happy to clarify since my post peaked your interest. My tour just so happened to fall in between multiple major life events. Job change, city relocation, new home purchase, marriage and honeymoon. The timing worked out really well for me since I made sure I had plenty of down time before heading back to the real world. My wife took advantage of the same kind of timeline before she started medical school. No complaints because it works for us.