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Old 04-02-2018, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Whatever the reason(s)the fact is that for children the most important thing is for their parents to be with them. What good is "quality healthcare" if the parents are not there when the child is sick anyway? And it's not just the children affected, the stress on the single parent increases due to having to be away. People very often make choices that seem to be good at the time but they probably have no idea of the future consequences. Here's a study I found about the impact of militarylife on children in single-parent military families, it was apparently not a very in-depth study nor long term but still shows some considerable effect on the children and their relationship with the absent parent.
It is no secret anywhere that long-term and/or frequent parental absences of all kinds have an impact on children developmentally, particularly in the areas of attachment.

That doesn't really make the military and its fairly generous benefits any less attractive an option for single parents who have a viable caregiver option.

I also agree with the posters who find it interesting that the focus on this thread is on single mothers, versus single fathers. In my time working with services for military children and families, I've seen many, many more single fathers deploying than single mothers, although I've worked with many single parents across genders.
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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Nope....not an Air Force thing. I can see maybe on a Navy ship, but I wonít even go there.....lol


One of the ships I was on in the 80's would have condoms free for the taking when we were in an overseas port. They wouldn't be available all the time though or when we were in home port.
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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umm...not in any desert deployment.
Untrue, at least across the board.

Also, Navy has desert deployments, as well. My spouse did. Not all sailors serve on ships.
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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One of the ships I was on in the 80's would have condoms free for the taking when we were in an overseas port. They wouldn't be available all the time though or when we were in home port.
Still are.
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:10 AM
 
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This happened more than once in the 10 years of the Iraq occupation.
Yes, the pregnancy I heard about was in a neighboring unit in 2004 I think. In later years I read about married couples being allowed to share tents in some places - obviously pregnancy not 'authorized' but I wonder if penalties were still severe.
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Yes, the pregnancy I heard about was in a neighboring unit in 2004 I think. In later years I read about married couples being allowed to share tents in some places - obviously pregnancy not 'authorized' but I wonder if penalties were still severe.
It all depended upon the individuals involved, the commander of the unit. I know in our unit individuals were given company grade article 15's for the situation with one person getting an additional punishment field grade for falsifying a leave slip (signing the commander's name on a leave form). He was very lucky that he wasn't court martialed. If I were the commander or the 1SG I would have recommended that punishment.
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Old 04-02-2018, 03:42 PM
 
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Untrue, at least across the board.

Also, Navy has desert deployments, as well. My spouse did. Not all sailors serve on ships.
yes - we had Seabees in Kuwait.
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Old 04-02-2018, 03:43 PM
 
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we had a husband and wife join our unit during the build-up in 2002. She turned out to be pregnant and had to be sent back. Not sure why they didn't catch it before she deployed. But then we also had a pregnant female in basic training.
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Old 04-02-2018, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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(Unlubricated) condoms, secured by a rubber band, help keep dust out of barrels and donít affect accuracy on the first shot. I can totally see a combat arms unit using them on a primitive FOB.
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:52 PM
 
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condoms, secured by a rubber band, help keep dust out of barrels and donít affect accuracy on the first shot.


that's................ that's.................

nah. too easy.
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