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Posted on Jan 14, 2002 Print this Article


Plans to call up pregnant soldiers for active duty in the aftermath of the September 11 Attack on America were reportedly reversed by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, David Chu. According to Insight magazine, Pentagon planners were stunned to learn that when President George W. Bush authorized the calling up of up to 50,000 reservists and additional National Guard units, the only question asked by Clinton-Administration holdovers in the Pentagon, with regard to pregnant soldiers, was whether they should be exempt from active duty obligations in the second or third trimester. One shocked senior military planner told Insight that he thought the plan was a joke. Another said, "It’s part of a decayed culture that has taken root in the politically correct systems over here [at the Pentagon]...It says a lot about what’s wrong in this building." CMR President Elaine Donnelly wrote to Dr. Chu to commend him for his actions, but also to suggest that pregnancy policies put in place during the Clinton Administration ought to be reviewed objectively, with an eye to improving readiness and the deployability of all troops when they are needed.
Posted on Jan 14, 2002 Print this Article