The gender integration plan for the military set into motion by Obama has run into a snag.
A record number of Navy women on maternity leave are leaving their units high and dry, according to a report obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group under the Freedom of Information Act.
The report found that increasing numbers of female naval personnel must be reassigned from ships to shore duty during their pregnancies.
The data revealed that the record number of 16 out of 100 pregnant Navy women in 2016 is up 2 percent from the year before. This represents hundreds of female naval personnel who have to cut their deployments short, which ultimately takes a toll on their unit’s manpower, military budgets, and combat readiness.
“Further, such increases cast a shadow over the lofty gender integration goals set by former president Barack Obama,” according to the article.
Navy statistics from January 2015 to September 2016 showed that “overall, women unexpectedly leave their stations on Navy ships as much as 50% more frequently to return to land duty.”
Evacuating just one pregnant woman from a ship is extremely expensive for the Navy, according to author Jude Eden. Eden served in 2004 as a Marine deployed to Iraq and writes about women in the military. She said that just one single transfer can cost “up to $30,000 for each woman trained for a specific task, then evacuated from an active duty ship and sent to land. That figure translates into $115 million in expenses for 2016 alone.”
H/T: The Daily Caller
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