Though I've never served in the military, I have received a taste of combat training within martial arts. Life in preparation for combat seems to cycle through long hours of waiting and training only to be followed by intense blink-of-an-eye battles. And the cycle often repeats depending the tour of duty.
I agree with Roy King's assessment that as warriors in God’s kingdom, we can experience ministry and spiritual warfare in a similar way. Our life is divided into:
(Roy King - Grieving is Saying Goodbye)