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Active duty Soldiers fall into two general categories: enlisted personnel and Officers. Enlisted Soldiers are the backbone of the U.S. Army. Each has his or her own specialized training and fills a role within his or her unit. Officers are the Army's leaders. They guide enlisted Soldiers during missions and provide the know-how and expertise to get the job done. Active duty service terms typically last two to six years. Deployment can last up to a year, but the length may vary depending on a unit's specific mission. Soldiers are eligible for a two-week Rest and Relaxation (R&R) leave after six months of deployment.