Sunday, May 10, 2009

Brit Army Lasses Preggers in Iraq!

Sort of a Fleet Street headline for this story from the Daily Star:
At least 133 Brit servicewomen have been sent home from Afghanistan and Iraq after getting pregnant.
The Daily Star Sunday has learned 102 of Our Girls returned early from Iraq between January 1, 2003 and February 28 of this year because they were expecting. And at least 31 female squaddies were fl own home from Afghanistan for the same reason.
Of those, 50 returned early from Iraq or Afghanistan between April 1, 2007 and February 28, 2009.
A total of 5,600 women have been sent to war so far and the Ministry of Defence admitted there may be even more cases which have not been recorded.
Shocker! Send women to war and they'll be women, not warriors. And lads will be lads, after all . . .


  1. "Send women to war and they'll be women, not warriors"?

    I'm not the world's biggest fan of women being in harm's way on a combat line, even if they put themselves there, but I really think you need more than a 2.4% incidence rate of pregnancy (133 out of 5600) before you can make sweeping generalizations like that.

  2. I'll never forgot the time I was a 'rider' working on an Aircraft carrier. One of our 'team' got called back on emergency leave for some serious family (like parents) stuff. Somehow in the space of that week or two she managed to get herself pregnant, thus requiring a guy who had come off his six month sea rotation about a month and a half earlier to be redeployed to the ship. Boy was he hot, not very pleasant to work with for the first few weeks.

    Women don't belong on ships of the line.