TORRENTIAL RAINFALL PELTING DOWN ON A CORRUGATED-IRON roof jolted Specialist Jason Andrews from sleep on New Year's morning. "God, I'm still here," was the first thought that occurred to the 23-year-old from Winter Haven, Florida. "I was dreaming about a beach and warm weather," he says, "and I wake up in a sleeping bag in Bosnia."

It was not a particularly pleasant way to start the new year for any of the nearly 2,000 troops who arrived at Tuzla air base as the vanguard of U.S. peace enforcers. Over the previous two weeks, the army's hurry-up-and-wait tradition had been borne out...

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