In a historic shift of policy, the Army is allowing scores of husband-and-wife soldiers to live and sleep together in a war zone.
The little-noticed change in policy is aimed at helping boost the morale of couples deployed in Iraq. It's also designed to bolster re-enlistment at a time when the military is struggling to fill its wartime ranks.
Before the change in May of 2006, Army rules barred soldiers of the opposite sex from sharing sleeping quarters in war zones. Even married troops lived only in all-male or all-female quarters and had no private living space. But commanders decided it was in the military's interest to promote wedded bliss.
Staff Sergeants Marvin and Keisha Frazier are among about 40 married Army couples living together on "Couples Row" at Camp Striker, on the outskirts of Baghdad.
He says it makes a lot of things easier, and eases the stress of separation.