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Old 03-31-2018, 12:38 PM
 
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Excuse me I don't understand. What does a single parent do after completing basic training. Give the kid to a government day care center while they are being an Army man doing Army man (or woman) basic activities on a military base?

What if they are deployed overseas? They can't take the kid with them.

And what if a woman becomes a single mother while deployed? Then what happens?
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Old 03-31-2018, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Excuse me I don't understand. What does a single parent do after completing basic training. Give the kid to a government day care center while they are being an Army man doing Army man (or woman) basic activities on a military base?

What if they are deployed overseas? They can't take the kid with them.

And what if a woman becomes a single mother while deployed? Then what happens?
First one. they send them to school like other parents.

Second that is why they have a "family care plan". Many people send them to grandparents otherwise they just get out on a hardship discharge.

Are we talking about deploying pregnant? Unlikely will be deployed. Will be given another assignment.
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Old 03-31-2018, 02:06 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Doesn’t the US military have a large enough pool of available single childless females to recruit? If you volunteer you should be combat ready and deployable. Why recruit someone with excess baggage that detracts from the primary mission of defending the country.
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Old 03-31-2018, 02:16 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Doesn’t the US military have a large enough pool of available single childless females to recruit?
Yes, they do...
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Old 03-31-2018, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Doesn’t the US military have a large enough pool of available single childless females to recruit? If you volunteer you should be combat ready and deployable. Why recruit someone with excess baggage that detracts from the primary mission of defending the country.
I will give you the best answer and others can add to this but here goes.

For every infantry soldier/combat soldier whose job it is to fight there are 5 support soldiers. Many of those have been females. Ready to fight you say? We are always ready. We don't want to but we are ready. If a soldier is in he or she has a job to do. We may not be issued families but there is no law prohibiting having a family. You and your family know this and know the sacrifice. Some families make it and some don't. It is tough. Spouses are the unsung heroes of the military. They get recognition but not nearly enough.

So let me ask you this question. Why should we stop single parents male or female from serving?
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Old 03-31-2018, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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If the military wanted you to have children they would of issued you them.
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Old 03-31-2018, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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If the military wanted you to have children they would of issued you them.
Forget what the DI told you. With the all volunteer force that line is out of date.
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Old 03-31-2018, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Forget what the DI told you. With the all volunteer force that line is out of date.
My drill instructor told us recruits that in the 80s.
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Old 03-31-2018, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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My drill instructor told us recruits that in the 80s.
and mine did that in 1976 but that was in the midst of Basic Combat Training. LOL it was meant to motivate you. But it doesn't matter. You know because you served along side many married soldiers. Did that make them any less effective because they had a family? I doubt it but maybe your experience is different than mine.
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Old 03-31-2018, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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and mine did that in 1976 but that was in the midst of Basic Combat Training. LOL it was meant to motivate you. But it doesn't matter. You know because you served along side many married soldiers. Did that make them any less effective because they had a family? I doubt it but maybe your experience is different than mine.
My B.T. & A.I.T was @ ft.leonard wood, mo. It was all male. It was also all male in Germany & the states. My MOS was 12B (combat engineer). I never served along side females during my 4 yr tour.
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