This morning I found out I am not going to Afganistan in a very Army way. I was driving back from a meeting in NYC. I stopped for coffee and checked my email on my iPhone. In the list of message were two emails canceling my reservation for two training courses I need to go on the deployment.
I knew it meant I was not going. But I called a friend who is a full-time training NCO. He said Yes, in fact he got a call to reassign the training school since I would not be needing it.
Paperwork is reality in the Army. I read that message three hours ago. No one has officially told me I am not going, but I am very sure I will be in Lancaster when the last plane is wheels up.