No…Pat did not misunderstand anything. I answered the question as asked.
‘leave” in the military is exactly as I stated. I do realise what you meant. The question should have been how long is the time span between deployments. I only did a quick scan of the NY Times article, didn’t see stop loss mentioned. It is a huge problem and has had a very harsh impact on morale. Everything you read in the NY Times or any paper isn’t exactly the “whole ” story.
The military has their own language, with specific meanings for specific terms.