According to the policy that controls these things, dwell time is “the period of time a unit or individual is not on an operational deployment.” This policy also states that the target deployment-to-dwell ratio is 1:2 or greater. Here is an example to illustrate how this works:
- You deploy for 7 months.
- You minimum dwell time (or time at home until you get deployed again) is 14 months.
The policy spells out all sorts of ways you can request a waiver of this policy and certain other circumstances you may want to check out, but if you are in a specialty that deploys alot (like me) it is good to know that a 1:2 deployment-to-dwell ratio is the current target.