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Old 03-29-2018, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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What does the US military do with young female soldiers serving in Afghanistan or anywhere else for that matter, when the woman has a young child?
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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All military parents, single and married, are required to have care systems set up for when the parent(s) deploy.
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Old 03-29-2018, 05:22 PM
 
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What does the US military do with young female soldiers serving in Afghanistan or anywhere else for that matter, when the woman has a young child?
The Air Force, for one, does not accept a single parent enlistment. The person would have to assign full legal guardianship to someone else in order to enter the service.

If the single parenthood occurs while in service, the single parent must identify in detail the specific short-term and long-term care arrangements: Actual names, addresses, and telephone numbers of whoever is going to pick the kid up at the day care center when the military ships the troop out on an emergency deployment.

I was a single father myself in the Air Force for four years with a small child.
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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What does the US military do with young female soldiers serving in Afghanistan or anywhere else for that matter, when the woman has a young child?
I'm confused by the question. They do the same exact thing to moms as they do to dads in Afghanistan. The parent goes to Afghanistan. The end. The parent is responsible for figuring out what do to with the child, whether that parent is a mom or dad, male or female. Why would it be different for moms?
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The Air Force, for one, does not accept a single parent enlistment. The person would have to assign full legal guardianship to someone else in order to enter the service.
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Totally false. We (Air Force) has been taking Single Parents for almost 3 years for new enlistments. You do not have to give up legal guardianship. If you give up guardianship that actually makes someone ineligible, for the Air Force at least.
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:07 PM
 
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Totally false. We (Air Force) has been taking Single Parents for almost 3 years for new enlistments. You do not have to give up legal guardianship. If you give up guardianship that actually makes someone ineligible, for the Air Force at least.
Okay. "Almost three years now." Fercryingoutloud.

Is it still necessary to identify the specifics of who will take care of the child in short and long-term separations?

If so, then you're wrong about my statement being "totally false."
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Old 03-29-2018, 08:05 PM
 
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Okay. "Almost three years now." Fercryingoutloud.

Is it still necessary to identify the specifics of who will take care of the child in short and long-term separations?

If so, then you're wrong about my statement being "totally false."
But you're kind of contradicting yourself. You're saying they don't take single parents - then you're saying they have to do xyz. So they do take them. I was one. You're right, there has to be a short term and long term care plan in place. Basically you really have to be able to mobilize on a very short notice. No one is exempt.

However, I wonder about the OP's purpose of asking. Really? Why? Just curious?
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Old 03-29-2018, 08:08 PM
 
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But you're kind of contradicting yourself. You're saying they don't take single parents - then you're saying they have to do xyz. So they do take them. I was one. You're right, there has to be a short term and long term care plan in place. Basically you really have to be able to mobilize on a very short notice. No one is exempt.
Part of my information was dated.
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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In the Marine Corps, one must give up legal custody (by court order) of their child(ren), and then wait one year or more before being eligible for enlistment.

https://www.thebalance.com/us-milita...arents-3354014


While the military no longer allows single parents to enlist, if one becomes a single parent while in the military, due to death of a spouse, separation/divorce, adoption, etc., or a military couple has children, the military will not force them to separate from the service, as long as they meet the family care requirements of DOD and the various related service regulations.

https://www.thebalance.com/what-abou...ildren-3332640
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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All military parents, single and married, are required to have care systems set up for when the parent(s) deploy.
This.

I just spent the afternoon with a female Seabee who is a single mother and did two tours in Afghanistan. Her grandparents were the caregivers for her children during her deployments.
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