Court Martial for Pregnancy : Is it not violation of Human rights ?

@bhanusb (5709)
India
December 21, 2009 12:11am CST
If a woman soldier of US gets pregnant she returns back from the war field. It's the present rule of American army for the soldiers who are now deputed in Iraq,Afghanistan or any other war fields. But violating this rule US Army Commander of Northern Iraq Major General Anthony Cukolo proclaimed that for getting pregnancy the women soldiers have to face court martial. His argument is by following the present rule pregnant soldiers have to return back to country. As a result in some cases US Army loosing efficient soldiers of war field. His new proclamation will be applicable for both male and female soldiers. For the first time pregnancy is going to be a punishable offense for the US soldiers. Major General Anthony said,'to keep them fit and energetic I'm taking all measures'. He said, soldiers in war either have to keep away from love or have to take precautionary measures. Do you think the ruling of Major General Anthony is the violation of human rights?
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3 responses
• United States
21 Dec 09
There has been a LARGE occurence of women getting pregnant IN ORDER TO be shipped back home, or IN ORDER TO side-step orders to ships or overseas billets. This is one of many reasons why soldiers, sailors, and air(wo)men are getting in trouble for getting pregnant. It is in THESE cases, not all pregnancy case, where the women get in trouble. It is pretty easy to tell when a woman is pregnant soley to shirk her duties.
@vandana7 (64839)
• India
22 Dec 09
Well, this was enlightening set of comments and response from you sherrypeck. :) Thanks. :)
@vandana7 (64839)
• India
24 Dec 09
I thought so. :) Well, I did not exactly think you were in navy. :) But I thought you had some close connection with the armed forces to know what happens to retreating soldiers, and how such rules are abused. :)
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
7 Jan 10
Hi sherry, I'm grateful to you. You answered for me and fought for me. I learned many things from you about military services. Many thanks.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
21 Dec 09
I think women soldiers should agree to accept responsibility for not allowing themselves to become pregnant during their tour of duty. It causes a terrible upset and expense for the armed services to retrain, replace and medically support pregnant women. But if no such agreement was signed at the time of their enlistment then they should not be punished for such actions.
• United States
21 Dec 09
When you sign into the military, you are no longer an individual with freedom, you are military property. Damage of that property, or any behavior that renders that property useless/ unfit for the job, for any period of time, can be construed as a captains mast or court martial worthy offense. As a tool/ weapon of the military, if one is pregnant and unable to serve at their job, the woman is in effect useless where she is stationed and that causes the military to spend thousands of dollars to re-assign her elsewhere where she will be of use until her pregnancy, and subsequent 6 weeks of maternity leave, are over and she can be put back into her billet (job spot) where she was before she got pregnant.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
7 Jan 10
Hi pat, you got the reply from sherrypeck. I have no other comment.
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Dec 09
Proper control of human emotion is important, so not having the good since to keep your mind out of the gutter can be both dangerous for yourself, and those around you. The act only takes a few minutes for most but its nine months of danger for you and the life carried in side you. It's no new news that people are trained to control their emotions. They are sent home for far less if they can't learn disipline in boot camp. Woman who aren't smart enough to use self-control are puting too many lives at risks. The commanding officer needs to put the health of the people first, and make an example of those who show weekness. A lot don't relize the danger they are getting into.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
21 Dec 09
Yes I agree with you that proper control human emotion is important. Specially in milatary service tough decipline is maintained. To get pregnant is surely violation of dicipline. But humans always can't control physical needs. That should also be considered