Jaime, I HATE deployments, but I can do it. I love the opportunity to pick up and move someplace new and make new friends and start over again every 3-4 years
I love traveling and the newness of it all!
As for deployments, mine just got back Dec 15 2007 from a 15 month deployment. (Yes, Connor was a "just got back from Iraq" baby LOL)
We thought it would be 12 months when he left in Sept 2006. However, right after he got back to Iraq from R&R, all the spouses/parents got phone calls saying it had been extended to 15 mo. That was the only time I remember breaking down and crying since he had first left. I cried all evening while I called the women on my phone roster, and then I smoked a pack of ciggerettes (I smoked while he was deployed - not going to do that again), and drank a bottle of good German wine. After that I was fine again
I actually lost all the baby weight from my third baby when he left. I lost 30lbs in 2 mo. Depression makes me lose instead of gain. So everyone was really concerned at first, but I was fine
Anyway, we are facing deployment in about a year after he finishes psyops training. He gets attatched to a special forces group and luckily their deployments are only like 6 mo at a time - much more doable than that 15 mo stint.
GL during the deployment and if you ever need to talk you can pm me and I will give you my e-mail/phone number