Corporals Troy and Marika Sanson
Not only do they share the same rank and job as equipment auditors in the Australian Army, but both Corporals deployed to the Middle East together.
The pair met during Army basic training at Kapooka, NSW, four years ago and married in Townsville in December 2009.
For the past few months, Marika, 28, has been stocktaking equipment in the United Arab Emirates while Troy, 27, has been doing the same role in Afghanistan.
In the new year, the intrepid couple will swap jobs.
“Our Commanding Officer has been very supportive letting us deploy together, swap jobs and he’s even allowed us to do a handover together in Afghanistan so we can spend Christmas together,” said Troy.
“The deployment itself has been fantastic for each of us from a career viewpoint, but we’re like any married couple who are separated by the job, struggling to catch one another on the phone and stay in touch.”
Deploying to the Middle East as part of Australia’s contribution to the international campaign against terrorism is also the first time the couple has travelled overseas.
The trip has sparked their interest to travel further.
“We’re off to Paris and Rome for a couple of weeks soon,” said Marika.
“It’ll be nice to see the sights like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and the Trevi Fountain in Rome, but we’ve spent so much time apart I wouldn’t care if we lived in a cardboard box for two weeks so long as we spend some time together.”
Marika and Troy return to Townsville in mid-2012 and are most looking forward to taking a bit of leave and catching up with friends and family around the country.
“We’re actually homeless at the moment so we need to find a house in Townsville and then we plan on visiting Troy’s family on the Gold Coast and mine at Millicent,” said Marika.
“It’s still some time away before we get to do that but we’re already looking forward to seeing everybody over a few drinks.”