Some of you might have already known this, but I wanted to share my "experience" to be. In Egypt -- every male who finishes college and has a younger brother, is required to serve for a minimum of one year. Some majors like Engineering and Medical fields can serve up to 3. One starts the service by staying at a center like training facility for a month (starts next week for me). Then you get to serve somewhere else for the remainder of the year's service. How the rest of year pans out is dependent on luck and connections. You could serve in an awful place with little comfort and rarely take days off. You could also serve in a comfortable place where you even get to go home everyday. Hopefully I fall in the latter camp. It's a bit demoralizing not being able to get a job after all the hard work in Uni, and having to survive this year. Heck, the training period has little to no creature comforts. So as you can imagine, I'm really dreading this situation. Would love to hear if someone else had a similar experience. What do you do when you're in a place with little comfort? how do you stop yourself getting bored out of your mind? I realize this is a bit of a rant too, but felt I needed to blow off some steam.