Talking to a colleague at work today and he asked if I had been deployed anywhere since my stint on Telic 2, and I explained how all tours have been voluntary since 2005 (or whenever, the date isn't important) and that obviously I hadn't been jumping up and down trying to go on a tour since. This made me think of the reasons why I wouldn't volunteer (as opposed to being compulsory mobilised) and top of the list is that I wouldn't want to spend 6 months away from the family. I did have a brief look at the details for Op Tosca and taking in pre-deployment training I think you would be looking at 9 or 10 months away in total. Obviously I don't imagine there will be a shortage of volunteers to spend 6 months in Cyprus and presumably the army are able to fill any gaps in the orbat for Telic/Herric through volunteers anyway, but would people be more willing to volunteer if there were 3 month tours available say, instead of having to do the full 6 months. Are there any operational/logistical reasons that would stop it being cost effective from a budgetary point of view ?