It appears that J's schedule is changing significantly. He may be leaving a whole month earlier (as in a couple of weeks from now) for deployment. It means vacation is off (I'm going to go with my parents instead, it's all paid for), it means that we have no time to spend together (he is currently underway and will only pull in for a few days before leaving). And it means that he is away from home that much longer (they of course won't come home early).
I have to admit, I am super, super bummed out. I have honestly had a tough time keeping it together at work today. I can't help but feeling like we are getting cheated. Generally, there is a stand down period before deployment. However, emergent tasking is over taking that time. We get a couple of days to cram in what we thought we had a month for.
Thankfully, we are well ahead of schedule. We have nearly everything taken care of. The information is all changed, insurance covered, purchases made. But, that time is something that will be sorely missed. And as an officer, I can't help but worry about all the young enlisted that aren't going to be prepared. Those kids who don't know what they need to do to prepare their families. Short notice things like this often don't consider what that means for the 18, 19, 20 years olds that are going through this for their first time.
I know that this is something that we signed up for. It's something that every Navy family will have to deal with during a career. But that logic doesn't make the hurt be any less. Back to being bummed.