The words in the subject line normally apply to stretching and twisting in preparation for PT, but they’re generally applicable to a lot of folks around here. On the “extend” portion, some of the guys on base, who were getting ready to go home in a month or two, just found out they got extended as part of the President’s “surge” plan. Amazingly, they seem to be taking it rather well. Part of it is because they are National Guard troops and will pick up an extra $1000/month bonus for the extension.
While they got the bad news, there are a lot of other people rotating out, and they are obviously happy to be going home. I’m happy for them, of course, and looking forward to being in exactly that position in not very much more time.