“Forge the Future”
(See W.F. Lorenzen and K.A. DiRenzo, pp. 74-76, December 1996 Proceedings)
Lieutenant Colonel Mansel E. Phillips, U.S. Army Reserve (Retired)—The authors present the slogan “Wellness is good business,” and they list the seven areas that are part of a required health promotion program. Later, they provide statistics to justify the wellness programs.
What I do not see addressed is the cost associated with pregnant sailors: costs of lost duty time, non-deployability, early separation from service, problems associated with single military parents, and increased load on the Navy medical system. Nowhere do I see pregnancy addressed as a “wellness” or a “readiness” issue. Are the pregnant ones like the “emperor?” They are there but no one dares to notice them? It is way past time to address this issue.
“It Only Takes One”
(See J. Lodmell, pp. 30-33, December 1996 Proceedings)