While gays in the military currently have the spotlight, a more urgent issue is the problem with many women in the ranks who are either pregnant or single mothers, both of which deeply impact the ability of America’s military to achieve its mission. The case of Alexis Hutchinson, who refused deployment last year because she had no plan in place for her young son, was just settled:
A single-mom soldier who says she refused to deploy to Afghanistan because she had no family able to care for her young son will be discharged from the military instead of facing a court-martial, the Army said Thursday. Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, an Army cook stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, was arrested in November after skipping her unit's deployment flight. Hutchinson, 21, said she couldn't leave her son because her mother had backed out of plans to keep the child a few days before the soldier's scheduled departure.
So here we have a difficult situation—our tactical strength depends on a military force that consists of a large number of pregnant women and single mothers. It has hit the Navy particularly hard.
Navy Times recently reported that pregnancy rates in the Navy spiked by 50% in two years. Ship crews suffer when pregnant sailors are unavailable for deployment or require early evacuation. Instead of re-assessing misguided policies that worsen the problem, the Navy plans to extend them to the submarine service. Never mind that short-handed crews and mid-ocean evacuations due to female medical emergencies would compromise undersea missions and put everyone at greater risk.
There is the logistical problem that they cannot meet their responsibilities, but an added morale problem when the pregnancy is the result of the wide-spread “fraternization” in the ranks. This widespread behavior both flouts regulations and weakens unit cohesion, and yet the feminist response has been two-fold: to have ready-access to the controversial “morning after” pill and abortion (both on the tax-payers’ dime) and when necessary to place charges of sexual assault against the father of the child to protect the mother’s career. This plays havoc with troop cohesion and can easily spiral into emotional circuses.
We should all be concerned about how feminists are playing games with the armed forces -- especially since we all know families with loved ones already serving in dangerous settings. One must dig to know that many gender feminists have clearly tipped their hands and posited that war itself is a natural extension of patriarchy. These women (and men) believe that gender mainstreaming is a good way to “de-militarize” the military, and to that end, pregnant soldiers and disobedient young mothers are the poster children for a castrated force. The problem is that many fine young men and women will pay the ultimate price for a social experiment gone mad.