So, my boyfriend has decided to join the National Guard and at first I was really excited I even encouraged it but now after reading some of your stories I'm totally nervous. I'm not really sure how the process works and how long he'll be gone or whether he'll get deployed. Its just too scary to think about. Can someone help me understand the process so I know what I have to not look forward to. We've been together for 5 months but we were dating for a year before that. He's my everything! HELP!