Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard/Pregnant in the Military

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Hi Emma,
I am researching for a book.  The parents of my book are married, and enlisted in the year 1994; and she becomes pregnant with their two children in the years 1993 and 1995.

How did the Military handle pregnancy within that time period?  

Would she be honorable discharged, or have to serve while pregnant?

Thanks,
Nancy

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Hi Nancy, glad to help out a writer.

In 1975, the DoD reversed a policy that previously stated a woman who became pregnant or adopted children in the military had to be discharged. The new policy stated women could elect to either be discharged, or continue to serve. Women who elected to serve would continue to serve on Active Duty and then go on maternity leave. This has been the policy ever since.

Hope this helps!

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I can answer any type of questions regarding the military, but more specifically, Marines, Army, and Navy. The Air Force and Coast Guard are subjects I can answer questions about, but my knowledge is rather limited in those fields. I can answer questions regarding history of, rank, structure, etc. I can also answer questions regarding any of the service academies (West Point, Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy, specifically), and Naval ROTC, Naval ROTC-Marine Option, and Army ROTC.

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Much research regarding the military, and personal experiences with military. Talking to those in their respective branches has made me even more knowledgeable in the field of military for the branches I didn`t know much about before. Many interviews for research papers and such as well.

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