I left home (Massachusetts) when I was 18 and joined the Army. After that.
I spent 2 and a half months in South Carolina.
2 and a half Months in Texas.
2 and a half months in Virginia.
Went back home to Massachusetts for 8 months.
Then went to Wisconsin for 4 months.
Then went to Iraq for twelve months.
Nothing too crazy or spectacular about any of the experiences, I was on military bases most of the time. But while in Iraq, I did get to interact with some of the people.
And what I missed most, definitely was friends and family.