From the Army times, seems somewhat bizarre, maybe because it is so different.. without regard no more Mary Palmer and her sisters for these guys.. wonder if it will create jealousy.. I dunno, just sounds strange..
BAGHDAD When American soldiers get off duty in Iraq, the men usually return to their quarters, the women to theirs. But Staff Sgt. Marvin Frazier gets to go back to a small trailer with two pushed-together single beds that he shares with his wife.
In a historic but little-noticed change in policy, the Army is allowing scores of husband-and-wife soldiers to live and sleep together in the war zone a move aimed at preserving marriages, boosting morale and perhaps bolstering re-enlistment rates at a time when the military is struggling to fill its ranks five years into the fighting.
It makes a lot of things easier, said Frazier, 33, a helicopter maintenance supervisor in the 3rd Infantry Division. It really adds a lot of stress, being separated. Now you can sit face-to-face and try to work out things and comfort each other.
Long-standing Army rules barred soldiers of the opposite sex from sharing sleeping quarters in war zones. Even married troops lived only in all-male or all-female quarters and had no private living space.