My boyfriend Stephen and I have been together for about 2 years now. We started dating right after he decided to join the Marines, so I have been with him the whole way, through bootcamp and all of his training so far. His unit just deployed to Iraq last month and it has been tough. I knew being a marine girlfriend was gonna be hard, but I'm having a hard time dealing with him being away so much. After bootcamp they usually have the 10 day leave before going back for more training, but Stephen took the untraditional route and wanted to finish college first, since he only had a year left. So I got to see him for awhile, but then his unit was told that they would be deploying, so he had to leave school again and go do the training he had postponed. Since then I've only gotten to see him for a weekend here or there, only a few times. And now that he's deployed it'll be another 7 months til I get to see him again. I really miss him. I hope he'll have some time after he gets back where there's no training that I am able to spend some time with him.