I just got back from an out-processing briefing, something everyone has to attend within 30 days of departure. It's kind of a milestone of sorts, ensuring us that yes, we will eventually get out of here, and yes, that day is getting close. It's also going to make it even harder for everyone to stay focused on the job and not off in dreamland, fantasising about what they're going to do once they get home.
On top of that, we have a two-day weekend again. This time, it's kind of a safety thing. The Commander knows that once people get toward the end of their rotation, they tend to lose focus at work and not pay attention to what they're doing. Accidents increase and people get injured. This is his way of telling us to take an extra day to rest, giving us the energy to push through the rest of our time here and end on a positive note. I'm not sure it will be effective, but I'd never turn down an extra day off.