With possibility of a huge troop surge to Afghanistan coming from the Trump administration, We Are The Mighty asked several OEF combat vets what they missed most from their time "in the suck." Here's what they had to say.
Thanks to the Facebook page "Bring the Sangin Boys Back" for contributing.
1. Afghan naan bread
Regardless of the rumors how the bread is pressed (by Afghans' feet) it was delicious.
2. Band of Brothers
The lifelong friends you made in combat are priceless, and there's nothing else like it.
3. Awesome nights
With a lack of electricity, there was no artificial illumination to spoil the night sky, it made the stars pop even more.
4. Low responsibility
You went on patrol, pulled some time on post, worked out, slept and...pretty much that's about it.
5. You got to blow sh*t up
The best part of the job while serving in the infantry was delivering the ordnance.
Getting a chance to put all your tough training to use and put rounds down range at the bad guys was freakin' epic.
7. Getting jacked
When you're stuck out in the middle of nowhere and have 24 different of high-calorie MREs to choose from, there's no better way to pass the time than hitting a gym made of sand bags, 2x4s, and engineer sticks.
8. Movie night
Huddling around a small laptop watching a comedy or "Full Metal Jacket" was considered a night out on the town. And we loved it.
9. Making memories
Although you we experienced some sh*tty times, nothing beats looking back and remembering the good ones while having a beer with your boys.
Bonus: The emotional homecomings
Leaving your family to deploy sucks, but coming home to them — priceless.