Well I’m a first time army girlfriend :) My best friend and I finally decided to try a relationship, unfortunately within two days of deciding this he’s leaving for his 9 month tour of duty in Afghanistan. I’m so nervous and sad, it’s very hard knowing that the person I love the most and who I finally just started this, is leaving for the first 9 months. Any tips to help us stay strong? How about keeping me grounded and not so lonely? I love him so much and want to be with him for as long as he’ll let me. I just would like the advice of any of you.