As I am an outsider if this topic is inappropriate please do feel to ignore/delete. Several of my friends have been on tours to hot/sandy places in the last ~6 years. Within their 6 month tour they were given 2 weeks R&R. Most mentioned that they did not "enjoy" their R&R for various reasons: - The feeling that they'd rather just get the job done - Feeling guilty for leaving their mates out there while they go on a jolly - Not wanting to be seen to be "abandoning" their men and in one case he found it difficult not to blame himself when one of them was killed in his absence. - Feeling out of place amongst friends/family back home, all the time knowing you've got to go back for x amount of time. Many spoke about trying to get their R&R either as early or as late on in the tour as possible. Is there a better way to do R&R? Is it better just to cut two weeks off a tour's length? Does R&R have a visible impact on the strength of a unit (for example if your company commander is away). Would there be a way to "group" R&R so one member does not feel they are letting their section down as they're all on R&R? Or the system works, I was just asking.