Regarding Lickety Split's "you don't get your 10-days:" All U.S. military personnel - regardless of rank - earn 30 days of leave per year. Granted, those stationed in combat zones don't have the luxury of taking leave whenever they want. However, as a 2006 commissionee, Lt. Sakala could be expected to undergo stateside combat or support training for a year or two before deploying overseas. One of my former runners (Josh Connor) is a West Point graduate who flight-trained in the U.S. before taking assignment as a helicopter pilot in Iraq. I'm not sure how they do it in the Army, but some Air Force officers (e.g. 8:24 steepler Bret Hyde) juggled 80-mile weeks with full-time duty.
USAF Academy '83