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So I'm getting ready to head back out on another deployment. Once again, I'll be in that wonderful place they call Iraq. Unfortunately, I'm looking at a 14 month deployment this time, with no R&R block in the middle. I don't really mind Iraq or deployments, but this come at an inopportune time because I recently met a woman that I'm completely in love with.
I've always ended any relationships I've been in when PCSing to a new duty station or deploying for an extended period of time. But this time I'm worried about letting this girl go. I'll have phone and e-mail access while I'm in Fallujah, but 14 months is a long time, and I don't think it would be fair of me to ask someone to put their life on hold for me for that long. Plus I've heard the horror stories and and see how worrying about a relationship has affected my friends on other long deployments. But I'm in love this time and you know that makes fools of us all. If I wasn't leaving so soon, I'd probably be proposing to her right now.
I guess I'm looking for general advice regarding long-distance relationships and what kind of experiences other people have had. I think the smartest and most sensible thing to do here would be to maintain contact and the friendship, but leave the actual relationship until I get back. But that's no fun, lol. What do you guys think?