Army General Wants to Court Martial Pregnant Soldiers
Be all you can be? Yeah, unless it’s pregnant! Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo has added pregnancy to the list of reasons why soldiers under his command in Northern Iraq could be court martialed and face jail time. The policy, which went to effect Nov. 4 according to military newspaper Stars and Stripes, applies to female soldiers who get pregnant and male soldiers who impregnate them including their Army husbands. To prevent whoopee Cucolo has also said male and female soldiers cannot spend the night together unless express permission is given and female soldiers cannot have sex with Iraqi nationals. “When a soldier becomes pregnant or causes a soldier to become pregnant through consensual activity,” Army spokesman Maj. Lee Peters told Stars and Stripes, “the redeployment of the pregnant soldier creates a void in the unit and has a negative impact on the unit’s ability to accomplish its mission. Another soldier must assume the pregnant soldier’s responsibilities.” (Read More at www.chicktalkdallas.com) Army policy says pregnant female soldiers are removed from the “war theater” within 14 days of discovering the pregnancy. The policy has been approved by military judge advocates, ““It is a lawful order,” said Col. David S. Thompson, the inspector general for all soldiers in Iraq, though it’s the first time he ever heard of pregnancy being prohibited. Cucolo told the BBC, ”I have female soldiers in absolutely critical specialties and becoming pregnant takes them out of the fight,” he said. “And so that’s my message to the females – think before you do something, because I need you. And for the males, if you take one of my soldiers out of the fight, well, there are consequences for that too. It’s black and white for me. I’ve got a mission to do. I am given a finite number of soldiers with which to do it and I need every one of them.” Cucolo has also outlined other prohibited activities under his command including doing drugs, selling weapons and undergoing elective surgery that prohibits deployment. ”I’m going to take every measure I can to keep them all strong, fit and with me for the 12 months that we’re in the combat zone,” he said. (Follow www.chicktalkdallas.com)
I understand Cucolo’s point, that every man and woman is needed (didn’t we fight for this ladies, to be seen as equals in the military?) but a full on court martial for getting knocked up? Why can’t we compromise? Say the time spent on maternity leave or absence from combat should be made up. No, it’s not fair because women in other fields are allowed to work while pregnant at low impact or desk positions and can still keep their job–they’re not fired for getting pregnant. In other circumstances, the Army does take care of pregnant troops. The policy really just punishes women. Unless Cuculo is offering to pay for DNA tests, all a female solider has to do is refuse to identify the father of her child, even if she’s only been sleeping with her husband. Hey, it may not be his! Prison for pregnant troops is hardly the answer.I guess our care packages to Iraq need to start including condoms, diaphrams and extra birth control pills. Good luck this holiday season ladies. If you’re on leave, mind your knickers and the eggnog!