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Soldiers don fake belly, breasts to better understand pregnant troops' exercise concerns
Stars & Stripes ^ | 2/16/2012

Posted on 02/18/2012 2:19:28 PM PST by Altura Ct.

The Army is ordering its hardened combat veterans to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies so they can better understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training.

This week, 14 noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers.

Army enlisted leaders all over the world are being ordered to take the Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Exercise Leaders Course, or PPPT, according to U.S. Army Medical Activity Japan health promotion educator Jana York.

Developed by the Army in 2008, the course includes aerobics classes, pool sessions and classroom studies on the physiology of pregnant women. The NCOs learn special exercises for pregnant women, who shouldn’t push themselves too hard or participate in high-impact activities such as snowboarding, bungee jumping or horse riding, York said.

During the training, each NCO must wear the pregnancy simulator for at least an hour.

“When they first come in, the males are typically timid and don’t feel they have the knowledge to teach female soldiers,” she said. “However, after three days their confidence rises.”

Sgt. Michael Braden, a helicopter crew chief who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, said he was less than enthusiastic about taking part.

“I didn’t want to do it,” said Braden, 29, of Everett, Wash.

The 78th Aviation Battalion mechanic said he was ordered to do the training even though he doesn’t have any female soldiers in his unit and doesn’t see himself as the right sort of person to run the aerobics classes that make up a large portion of the PPPT training.

Despite his misgivings, Braden strapped on the empathy belly and spent Tuesday morning learning low-impact aerobics moves like the “grapevine” and the “V-step.”

“This whole thing is pretty uncomfortable,” he said of the 25-pound pregnancy simulator. But, “body armor is a lot heavier.”

Braden said he didn’t know there was such a thing as physical training for pregnant soldiers before he started the course.

“I’ve learned that being pregnant is no excuse to avoid PT,” he said.

According to an Army fact sheet about the program, “moderate exercise promotes a more rapid recovery from the birth process and a faster return to required physical fitness levels.”

An Army study showed significant Army physical fitness test failures, height/weight failures, and increased injury and illness rates when active-duty soldiers who don’t take part in physical exercise during pregnancy return to their unit, according to the fact sheet.

The program, which is mandatory for pregnant soldiers, was set up to get them back to their units quickly after they give birth, according to Staff Sgt. Latoya Nieves-Gonzales, who is helping York train the NCOs at Camp Zama.

“Pregnant soldiers were trying to do [regular Army] physical training and they couldn’t do a lot of the exercises,” she said.

Soldiers have six months to meet the Army’s height and weight standards and pass a physical training test after they give birth, she said, adding that nine pregnant soldiers do PPPT training at Camp Zama each morning.

“In the last year, we have only had one soldier who didn’t meet those standards and she was already in the weight-reduction program before she got pregnant,” she said.

Female soldiers typically add 25-30 pounds during a pregnancy, said Nieves-Gonzales, who put on 20 pounds before the birth of her own son, Xavier, six years ago in Würzburg, Germany.

That was before PPPT training was mandatory.

“My unit said: ‘You can’t do PT with us so just sleep in,’ ” she said.

Still, soldiers used to mounting up with rucksacks and rifles were not too keen on the idea of strapping on a big belly and fake breasts.

“I’m not looking forward to wearing the pregnancy simulator,” said Sgt. Matthew Prout, a 26-year-old member of the 88th Military Police Detachment at Camp Zama.

The Army Combatives instructor said he was worried that the frontal weight would throw his balance off during aerobics routines.

“It gives me a better sense of what the pregnant woman is going through as she is going the exercises,” he said. “It will allow me to see both sides.”

It never occurred to Prout, when he joined the Army, that he’d learn to train pregnant soldiers, he said.

“My initial view of the Army was just kind of – we train, we fight,” he said. “But my eyes have been opened up to the family aspects of the Army as opposed to just the single soldier view.”

Prout, who is single, said he hoped the PPPT training would help him relate to his future wife when she gets pregnant.

“A lot of people when their wives get pregnant just say, ‘good luck,’ but I will be able to be there step by step,” he said.


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KEYWORDS: army; chickification; feminism; gis; mooseschellerealbutt; pc; pcrunamok; pregnancy; soldiers; wot
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1 posted on 02/18/2012 2:19:35 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

This is for real?


2 posted on 02/18/2012 2:27:26 PM PST by Anima Mundi
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To: Altura Ct.
<face palm>
3 posted on 02/18/2012 2:28:09 PM PST by tomkat (nothin' says FUbo quite like *Gingrich-Palin 2012*)
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To: Altura Ct.

Am I alone here in not being aware that pregnant women were being trained, etc?


4 posted on 02/18/2012 2:30:05 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Altura Ct.

Political correctness will destroy our military. It took them decades, but the left has finally figured out how to do it.


5 posted on 02/18/2012 2:31:34 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Anima Mundi

Oh yeah, and it makes me sick.....how PC do we have to get in this country before we go down the drain???!!!


6 posted on 02/18/2012 2:33:55 PM PST by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: Altura Ct.

This is SUCH BULLSHIT!


7 posted on 02/18/2012 2:34:08 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (When does the shooting start?)
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To: Altura Ct.

This PC crap is getting ridiculous. And I thought Clinton was embarrassing for using our troops basically for Meals on Wheels in other countries. With Zero, PC has gone to a whole new level, much to our country’s detriment.


8 posted on 02/18/2012 2:35:23 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Altura Ct.

The cancer goes deep, sissafacation of the military


9 posted on 02/18/2012 2:35:38 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Altura Ct.
During the training, each NCO must wear the pregnancy simulator for at least an hour.

Coming soon: Training to show they straight soldiers what the homos feel like.

10 posted on 02/18/2012 2:36:09 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Altura Ct.; MaryLou1; glock rocks; JPG; Graewoulf; VinceASA; Monkey Face; RIghtwardHo; ...
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11 posted on 02/18/2012 2:36:58 PM PST by narses
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To: Altura Ct.

Why are pregnant troops exercising?

Why are pregnant troops doing anything?

Why are there pregnant troops?

Why should other soldiers “understand” something that shouldn’t exist anyeay?


12 posted on 02/18/2012 2:37:22 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Altura Ct.
I didn't realize pregnancy was running so rampant among the military where everyone had to be forcibly re-trained.....
13 posted on 02/18/2012 2:37:29 PM PST by mikrofon (Gonna name my next kid "Awareness")
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To: Altura Ct.

They’re going to cut military spending? How about starting with non-sense like this. What about those ‘stress cards’, too?

They sure can find money for silly PC chit.


14 posted on 02/18/2012 2:38:31 PM PST by Irenic
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To: Altura Ct.

This is absolutely the stupidest thing I’ve heard......


15 posted on 02/18/2012 2:39:56 PM PST by klb99 (I now understand why the South seceeded)
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To: Altura Ct.

Martha McSally, owes Rick Santorum an apology for saying she wanted “to kick him in the jimmy.” As this article illustrates, Santorum is correct, and she is wrong.


16 posted on 02/18/2012 2:40:57 PM PST by Tzfat
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To: Altura Ct.

Why we don’t we just have the men pee while sitting down?

Zero needs to have his butt shipped back to Chicago on January 20th.


17 posted on 02/18/2012 2:41:11 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (I'm NOT smitten' with Mittens)
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To: Altura Ct.

nauseating


18 posted on 02/18/2012 2:41:29 PM PST by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Altura Ct.

One day, insanity will be a luxury that we can no longer afford.


19 posted on 02/18/2012 2:42:07 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Altura Ct.
Women in the barracks, women in submarines, women on ships, etc., etc. Morality and decency are out the window, and open faggots and dykes are ENCOURAGED by this Administration, to sissify the Military. Liberals HATE real men, and warriors, as they are a threat to their planned New World Order and Socialist Utopia.

As I've said many times, we can only hope that we have a Military Coup d'Etat in the USA, before all the REAL men in the Military are gone.

20 posted on 02/18/2012 2:42:07 PM PST by traditional1
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To: Altura Ct.
Next for our combat vets will be dressing in abayat and niqāb so they'll know how the terrorists 'feel'.
21 posted on 02/18/2012 2:42:43 PM PST by GreyHoundSailor
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To: Tzfat

I’d like to kick McSally between her femi-Nazi legs and see how SHE likes it.


22 posted on 02/18/2012 2:42:54 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (I'm NOT smitten' with Mittens)
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To: Altura Ct.

Excellent. Who needs time on the range or on maneuvers, when they could be running around pretending to be pregnant women?

Some chair polisher in the Pentagon will surely get an Obama promotion for this brilliant idea.

And, just as surely, some under-prepared troops will die.


23 posted on 02/18/2012 2:45:21 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Altura Ct.
Next drill for our combat vets will be dressing in abayat and niqāb so they'll know how the terrorists (sorry - 'workplace violence advocates') 'feel'.
24 posted on 02/18/2012 2:46:45 PM PST by GreyHoundSailor
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To: Altura Ct.

Well there’s a headline I never thought I’d read outside of bizarro world.


25 posted on 02/18/2012 2:49:33 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Altura Ct.

Dear God, this country is lost.


26 posted on 02/18/2012 2:53:24 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Altura Ct.

Is this more political correctness or is the US military prepping for something more sinister?


27 posted on 02/18/2012 2:54:34 PM PST by drypowder
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To: Altura Ct.; All

Michael Savage: Obama forces soldiers to wear fake breasts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xErzKhyQ-ms


28 posted on 02/18/2012 2:57:07 PM PST by donna (I want to live in a Judeo/Christian country where we know that, before God, men & women are equal.)
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To: traditional1
Women in the barracks, women in submarines, women on ships, etc., etc. Morality and decency are out the window, and open faggots and dykes are ENCOURAGED by this Administration, to sissify the Military. Liberals HATE real men, and warriors, as they are a threat to their planned New World Order and Socialist Utopia.

All those you mentioned as well as the gang-bangers in the forces are there for one reason: When society breaks down these degenerates will be asked to fire upon us regular citizens. All those years of hate directed at us normal Americans will manifest itself in thoughts of "revenge" and "Now we can finally get back at them".

29 posted on 02/18/2012 2:59:02 PM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Saw them dancing around, fox had a story on it. It was pathetic!


30 posted on 02/18/2012 3:00:38 PM PST by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

This was put in motion long before Obama...the last 3 presidents are all culpable. Stuff like this doesn’t happen over night. BTW, does the Israeli military act accordingly?


31 posted on 02/18/2012 3:01:58 PM PST by Anti dote
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To: BamaDi

This pretty much is the last straw.What Next? Make troops take estrogen shots?

MEN.... Had ENOUGH YET? PLEASE will you all at least CONSIDER coming back?


32 posted on 02/18/2012 3:03:07 PM PST by Anima Mundi
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To: Altura Ct.

I have been accused of being too pessimistic regarding America’s chances of meaningful survival....but seriously, I rest my case.


33 posted on 02/18/2012 3:08:22 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Altura Ct.

By the way, do women similarly have to strap on anything so that they can know what the men are experiencing? Plenty of spare parts are lying around not being used.


34 posted on 02/18/2012 3:08:39 PM PST by Anima Mundi
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To: Altura Ct.
During the training, each NCO must wear the pregnancy simulator for at least an hour.

I'm sure the pregnant women are saying to themselves, "come on, is that all they have to do is one hour, make them wear it for a whole day, that would be more realistic."

35 posted on 02/18/2012 3:09:05 PM PST by ReformedBeckite (1 of 3 I'm only allowing my self each day)
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To: ConservaTexan

>>Coming soon: Training to show they straight soldiers what the homos feel like.

That wouldn’t surprise me a bit. And the Generals will applaud the idea.


36 posted on 02/18/2012 3:09:44 PM PST by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: Altura Ct.

ATEN’CHUN! Can you just picture sargent York with big false Boobs? LOL


37 posted on 02/18/2012 3:10:53 PM PST by munin
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To: Altura Ct.
What kind of training Soldier “Armmmy Training Sir.” or as Forest Gump’s momma said, stupid is as stupid does!
38 posted on 02/18/2012 3:13:55 PM PST by OldGoatCPO
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To: Altura Ct.

I can remeber a day when the rabbit died so did the female soldier’s career.


39 posted on 02/18/2012 3:26:46 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
Zero needs to have his butt shipped back to Chicago Kenya on January 20th.
40 posted on 02/18/2012 3:29:12 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Anti dote
This was put in motion long before Obama...the last 3 presidents are all culpable.

True enough and if we're going to look the other way while a republican is in office, we're just as culpable.
41 posted on 02/18/2012 3:31:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Altura Ct.

I can’t believe what’s happening to my Army! Glad I retired last year...


42 posted on 02/18/2012 3:33:48 PM PST by Matthew James (SPEARHEAD!)
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To: GeronL

shhh...it’s a secret psyops program...

taliban are so misogynistic and fearful of women

when they see a platoon of big muscular pregnant broad coming at them with weapons ready

they all sh*t themselves and run for mecca

belly holds extra ammo boobies hold grenades

if you think that’s somethin there’s a n all-female pms paratrooper program

still gettin the bugs out of it they can’t get the timing right


43 posted on 02/18/2012 3:33:56 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: Altura Ct.

Correct me if I am wrong but did not “General” Casey say that the worst thing about the Ft. Hood Massacre was the blaming of Islam for the murders and not the loss of patriotic Americans. I lost a friend in those murders. Now we see PC running amuck in the military. Who are these pc bastards and where did they come from. Combat is for males, not females. OIF vet


44 posted on 02/18/2012 3:35:50 PM PST by jesseam
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To: Altura Ct.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCc-RWIp7XU&feature=related


45 posted on 02/18/2012 3:38:50 PM PST by tumblindice (Whitey-American: Taxed Enough Already)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Zero needs to have his butt shipped back to Chicago on January 20th.

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That should say “to Kenya.” on Jan. 20th.

.


46 posted on 02/18/2012 3:39:07 PM PST by flatfish
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To: BamaDi
The administration continues to find ways to humiliate and feminize our military.
This is one of the stupidest things they have done.
47 posted on 02/18/2012 3:42:12 PM PST by ruesrose (It's possible to be clueless without being blonde.)
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To: Altura Ct.

At what point does someone with, oh, three or four stars stand up and say NO? What criminal or immoral or utterly stupid edict will finally force MEN in the military to act like MEN? What’s it gonna take—an order to fire on pro-lifers saying the rosary in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic? taking rumba lessons to learn how to follow when your partner happens to be same-sex? There’s just not a whole lot that tops this for absurdity.


48 posted on 02/18/2012 3:42:46 PM PST by Mach9
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To: Altura Ct.

This is outrageous and needs to be stopped.


49 posted on 02/18/2012 3:43:18 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: ConservaTexan

That’s already happened.


50 posted on 02/18/2012 3:45:11 PM PST by Mach9
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