Skip to comments.Military mom without childcare goes AWOL
Posted on 11/15/2009 4:28:16 PM PST by Lorianne
The U.S. Army is dealing with an emotional and complicated case involving an Oakland woman. She's a single mother, scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan, even though she has no one to care for her 11-month-old baby.
The woman is a 21-years-old single mom, who was almost on her way to Afghanistan. However, she is not the only one. A report released last month says 30,000 single mothers have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.
For now 11-month-old Kamani Hutchinson is being cared for by his grandmother, Angelique Hughes of Oakland. A few days ago she flew to Savannah, Georgia after learning the Army had put Kamani in Child Protective Services.
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What the hell is this woman doing in the Army?
I don’t know how to feel about this. While I do pity her position, she put herself in it, and TBH, it’s situations like this that end up making others have to deploy all the time, while some don’t ever go at all. *sigh*
It's the failure to have a family care plan that got her in the rest of the trouble. Maybe they ought to put unmarried female personnel on mandatory Norplant so they can serve without the distraction.
My daughter (who already has three young children) has the kindergarten-age child of a single (recently divorced) mom -- now stationed in Iraq -- living with her.
If the military is going to put women in combat zones, they, at least, should recognize that they may have needs that most male soldiers simply avoid...
I think men have to have a family care plan as well.
Or the 29,999 others?
Well, I do!
This PC Crap has to stop. How the hell are we supposed to fight a war with young women still suckling their babys?
Send her home where she belongs.
An Old Man
They chose to join the military, right?
Agree, it’s the lack of a family care plan.
Where is baby-daddy?
*sigh* is right. Guess I’m a dinosaur. They used to put pregnant females out of the military. Don’t see why they quit.
While I agree with that as far as it goes, it was the change to a one theater level of military readiness that caused our members of the military to be over-utilized during this campaign.
Clinton allowed the numbers in the military to dwindle to the point we didn’t have a two theater level of preparedness, and Bush made it official during his first few years in office.
I stridently disagreed with him on this matter. I’m sure you can see why. It’s personal for you.
Hubby says any single parent, male or female, has to have a family care plan if they have custody.
That kid wasnt issued in her seabag (or rucksack, whatever the Army calls it)
The Army has the rep of being a good baby-daddy, at least in peace time. The Army has health benefits, day care, etc. I read an article about this a few years ago. In some circles, you don’t need to rely on some man; you can have the joy of a baby, and not the hassle of dealing with the father.
It makes me sick to think of the depths to which the image of fatherhood has sunk. There needs to be a national renewal of the importance of and respect for good fatherhood.
It’s socio-economic, according to something I read awhile back. The higher up you go on the social ladder, the less likely a person is statistically to have a child out of wedlock. The college graduate women are much more likely to realize that kids are raised better with two parents. Lower income/less educated women are less likely to feel they need a man to help raise a child.
Define a “single mother” please.
This is one of those “hide my sin” expressions.
Usually nobody knows whether this was a young promiscuous woman who had a baby out of wedlock.
A divorced woman with children.
A widow with children.
WHAT is a single mother in this case?
These women should not be in the Armed Forces at all.
I respectfully disagree here. Women were the ones who demanded that they be allowed to serve in combat roles. The army’s job should be to fight and not solve family related problems. Those who can solve their problems at home and not complain about them should be the ones defending others.
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