I don’t know what normal people worry about before they deploy. Safety, maybe. How to manage the household while they’re gone. If they’re going to make a difference. These things are hugely important. But you really have no control over them. I prefer to fret over the smaller bits of minutiae:
— What will this haircut look like in three months?
— How much winter weather gear do I need this time?
— Has General Petraeus managed to make the ISAF chow hall suck less?
— Will there be a Birthday Ball in Nov? Do I need to bring a dress?
— Don’t forget the heels.
— Where did I put my plate carrier and chest rack?
You know, only the important things…