A soldier claims that he has been deployed for 4 years in Afghanistan. I thought there was a 15-month cap on deployment. Is that true?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 20, 2020 04:27 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 20, 2020 04:27 PM

Are you texting with this soldier? Is he a member of your family or have you ever met him? Has he told you what he does?

I find this very curious as to be continuously deployed in Afghanistan would be administratively very unusual. Usually everyone in a unit comes and goes together. The times I have seen an individual asked to stay behind is if their specialty is in short supply, usually something like prisoner interrogation where facility with language is needed or whose local knowledge makes the job of the incoming unit easier or helps the mission. Occasionally, very occasionally there is a request from someone to stay overseas, perhaps the extra money is needed at home, or they just want to stay “where the action is”. This is usually evaluated by the command and often requires a med/psych eval before being granted permission to transfer to another unit and stay through their deployment. I have never heard of anyone doing that more than once.

There is a widespread scam perpetrated by people in West Africa, primarily in Ghana and Nigeria. They meet women on dating websites like Hangouts, texting because he is in a “dangerous place” doing “secret missions” and so can’t call or Skype either because of secrecy or the expense, since he has “no access to funds while he is deployed”. I think we should consider the likelihood that your “soldier” may be one of these people.

Next he will ask you to send money, gift cards, iPhones and many other things. If he hasn’t yet he will tell you soon that he has fallen in love with you, wants to come to be with you but the money situation is preventing that, so if you’ll help him he can pay you back when he sees you. He may send you pictures downloaded from Facebook or other places.

Here are a couple of quick tests you can do.

Ask him to send you on his military email account a list of what he needs from you…it probably won’t happen,(“security”) again, but if it does the email address should end with .mil [ nothing else just [ .mil ] every member of the military has one, some use it every day.

Ask for his APO address( you have some phone cards, cookies etc you want to send) Here’s what an APO address should look like.

Name: PFC Jack Lyon
Address 1: 23rd Battalion
Address 2: Unit 1234, Box 56789
Country: United States
City: APO
State: AP
Zip/Postal Code: 96522-1215 no APO address? “security” again? He’s not real.

Here are some websites that will give you more information:

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