My husband was an officer in the Navy so I understand military discipline. I am a mother of five so I understand the demands of young children. I also recognise that there is an inevitable clash between motherhood and the military -- especially when the mother is single and the one being deployed.
An Army cook and single mom may face criminal charges after she skipped her deployment flight tobecause, she said, no one was available to care for her infant son while she was overseas.
Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, 21, claims she had no choice but to refuse deployment orders because the only family she had to care for her 10-month-old son — her mother — was overwhelmed by the task, already caring for three other relatives with health problems.
Her civilian attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, said Monday that one of foster care.'s superiors told her she would have to deploy anyway and place the child in
It's not fair for her to get a pass when deployment is rough on everyone, but what to do when a large component of our fighting forces is comprised of single parents? This is where the rubber hits the road and Army as "jobs program" rather than Army as "fighting force" has taken precedence. The military makes sure that each soldier has a plan in place for dependents (especially for situations like this) but the grandmother of the baby was overwhelmed -- being caretaking for her own mother, another elderly relative, a special needs daughter and a housing a day-care for 14 children in the home.
I blame this fallout on the feminists' demands that have shredded families and insisted that mothers caring for their own children is oppressive. Sure -- but someone has to raise the next generation. Alexis has found that delegating that task while slopping chow overseas isn't such a good deal afterall. Any ideas, Betty Freidan?