Get Pregnant, Get Court-Martialed
Posted on Dec 20, 2009
Remember when protecting women’s rights was given as a justification for invading countries? Well, the U.S. general in northern Iraq has added pregnancy to the reasons why a soldier could be court-martialed—a list that includes selling weapons and taking drugs. —JCL
A US Army general in northern Iraq has defended his decision to add pregnancy to the list of reasons a soldier under his command could face court martial.
It is current army policy to send pregnant soldiers home, but Maj Gen Anthony Cucolo told the BBC he was losing people with critical skills.
That was why the added deterrent of a possible court martial was needed, he said.
The new policy applies both to female and male soldiers, even if married.
Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, leader of the U.S. Army in northern Iraq, instituted the new pregnancy policy, which applies even to married couples who are at war together.