R&R (military)

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A young sailor returns home to his mother and siblings in this 1904 illustration.

R&R, military slang for rest and recuperation (or rest and relaxation or rest and recreation), is a term used for the free time of a soldier in the U.S. military or International UN staff serving in non-family duty stations. The U.S. Morale, Welfare and Recreation network provides many leisure services for American military personnel.

Servicemembers and U.S. Defense Department civilians on 12-month orders in Iraq and Jordan supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom now[when?] have a rest and recuperation leave program that will allow them to take up to 15 days, excluding travel time, to visit family or friends in the United States or Europe.

Prostitution has long been part of what military men have participated in as part of their "R&R," and has been condoned by civilian populations in peacetime and wartime since early history, although some see it as a problem.[1] Japan after the unconditional surrender to the United States at the end of the Second World War in 1945 and South Korea during the 1950s saw the effective institution of "camp towns" around the U.S. bases, where brothels were allowed to operate unfettered.[2][dead link]

Letter To Home by Stephen H. Randall, U.S. Army Vietnam Combat Artists, 1968
Time Out by David N. Fairrington, U.S. Army Vietnam Combat Artists (1968) (soldiers relaxing in Vietnam)

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  1. ^ Squatrito, Theresa (September 1–4, 2005), R&R: Military Policy on Prostitution, University of Washington, Military prostitution is frequently cited as a problem around military bases in Korea, the Philippines, and more recently in Bosnia. Currently, while all houses of prostitution are officially off-limits, the military implicitly condones the commercial sex industry through a variety of means such as supplying condoms and providing a courtesy patrol that escorts personnel to bars where prostitution is available. 
  2. ^ Lankov, Andrei (January 2, 2006). "Ladies of the 1950s Nights". The Korea Times. 

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