There was an unscheduled formation called today. Unscheduled formations always mean one of two things: yelling or bad news. In this case it was the latter.
Our reliefs are delayed and thus our deployment is extended. Hopefully only a couple of weeks. In light of my post yesterday, it should not be such a surprise. I wrote about blog posting and karma many months ago. So it seems that I have fallen trap again.
Unfortunately the news coming this late in the process, has thrown many of us for a loop. The business of the day has been characterized by unpleasant calls home and disappointment. Reunions will have to be put off and homecoming plans will need to be rearranged.
In the end, you cope by pressing on, not worrying about what you cannot control, and the knowledge that it could be worse. One of our SEABEE colleagues told me today of a sister unit that was extended by three months. He is concerned that the same thing will happen to his unit. Such is the nature of military planning. Expect the worst, hope for the best, and don't count your chickens early.