He's visiting because he's been recalled into the Army...after being out for over 5 years. At least he gets bumped up to major and his old job is guaranteed for a few years. There's also no guarantee that he's being sent to the desert. He'll likely be replacing someone else who *will* get sent to the desert.
Checking my military ID, I see that I'm still on Inactive Reserve until August 22 of this year. Not that I think they'll need programmer's for a war with Iraq, but I could end up getting shoved into gate guard duty or something. I received a letter from the AF yesterday, but breathed easier when it turned out it was only an ad to join the reserves.
I think I'll pass.