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Old Today, 11:59 AM
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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I can't believe I am seeing this... this happened back in 2012 in Japan. Hopefully it is not continuing today.

Soldiers don fake belly, breasts to better understand pregnant troops' exercise concerns

The Army is ordering its hardened combat veterans to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies so they can better understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training.

This week, 14 noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers.

Sgt. Michael Braden, a helicopter crew chief who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, said he was less than enthusiastic about taking part.

“I didn’t want to do it,” said Braden, 29, of Everett, Wash.

The 78th Aviation Battalion mechanic said he was ordered to do the training even though he doesn’t have any female soldiers in his unit and doesn’t see himself as the right sort of person to run the aerobics classes that make up a large portion of the PPPT training.

These are the types of things that make me want to cut the defense budget. I'm am usually with defense having plenty of funds to operate with... but not this.

The other problem I have is that the government bought a bunch of "Empathy Bellies" from someone and lined their pocket.

I KNOW this is not a big deal and it's old news. It was stunning to see this actually happened.
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Old Today, 05:05 PM
Location: Florida
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The military is not there for the purpose of social engineering.
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Old Today, 06:24 PM
Location: San Diego CA
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So six years ago 14 NCO's took part in an empathy training program for pregnant women. The military is falling part. Horrors.
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Old Today, 06:54 PM
Location: Newport Beach, California
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