November 24, 2009, - 2:54 pm

Schlussel in the News: Baby Mamas in the US Armed Forces; Not a Chick Issue

By Debbie Schlussel

Recently, I noted the incident of a baby mama in the Army who wants to get out of serving so she can take care of her kid.  I called for a ban on single mothers in the military.

Yesterday’s edition of the Memphis Commercial Appeal discussed the issue of single moms in the U.S. armed forces and quoted my piece.


Because of the enormous stress that deployment puts on kids and parents, some argue that single moms should not be allowed to serve in the military.

Conservative pundit Debbie Schlussel recently called for a ban on single mothers in the military because they are “useless soldierettes” and their absence is harmful to their children, she said. Schlussel said deploying single moms “exacts more costs and bureaucratic BS than it’s worth.”

She points to the case of Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, the Oakland, Calif., Army cook who was arrested because she refused to deploy with her unit once her child care arrangements fell through. Hutchinson’s attorney said officers advised the single mom to place her 10-month-old son in foster care while she was deployed. The Army has not confirmed that statement.

Disturbing to me is that the newspaper’s article is labeled “Chick Chat.”  Um, single mothers in the military isn’t a chick issue.  It’s everybody’s issue.  It’s the issue of the other soldiers–male and female–who must make up the slack.  It’s the issue of U.S. taxpayers who bear the burden of helping in the babymama’s kids child care and the kids’ increased likelihood of a life of crime, drugs, and failure as a result of being an illegitimate kid with no father and being sent to a gazillion caretakers while mommy is off into the wild blue yonder.

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11 Responses

Will any thing be done about it? Not in today’s America. You mean well Debbie but I think you’re just shouting in the wind. No one’s listening in Obama’s Washington.

NormanF on November 24, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Debbie: I’m a senior male conservative Korean War veteran and I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s astonishing to me that you’re the only one writing about the stupidity of single moms (and I would add dads) in the military. It makes absolutely no sense to me.

FrankLaughter on November 24, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Agree with you and Debbie. I’m active duty (15+ years) and a new mom. I have the support of a loving civilian husband to take the reigns in the event I deploy again. Single parents are treated as welfare recipients, getting priority over me for the few on-post daycare slots (I may never get my daughter in) much lower tuition rates and possibly even qualify for free baby formula. They’re being rewarded for being irresponsible in their personal lives. Sadly, too, not enough commanders verify their family care plans until it comes time to deploy because they feel sorry for the Soldiers when they should be looking out for the best interests of the Army and good order and discipline in the ranks. While I feel really bad for the Soldier in this case, the Army is no place for her or her child and she needs to find another line of work so she can make motherhood her priority.

    ALF on November 25, 2009 at 3:16 am

Its still important to get the truth on record so we can fix the problem later. Maybe not during the Obama Era but perhaps in a future conservative presidency.

NormanF on November 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm

When I was doing my bit, about the time Grant took Richmond, most of us would never have considered marriage while during our hitch; it was a matter of being fair to wives and children. I gather now that some join the military just for the goodies, but are shocked at having to follow the Oath each one takes voluntarily.

Mack Hall on November 24, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Our America is becoming a scaring place with these illigitimate half raised monsters reaching their majority and taking over neighborhoods that use to be quiet decent places to live. These so called single mothers should be dishonorably discharged and sent packing. Therefore they can go home and live happily everafter with their progeny.

seahawker on November 24, 2009 at 8:54 pm

When I was in the Navy we had an expression “Wives are not issued with your Sea Bag”. This was meant to bring the fact that when you go to war your family is the people serving with you. If you can’t do the duty, then don’t volunteer for the Service!

Patrick Mullen on November 25, 2009 at 8:04 am

I 2nd Debbie, single moms do not belong in the military. You brought kids into the world, take care of them, get a job-I am not interested in hearing about those who have semi cilivian jobs in the military either. or those who are there for this “education”from the military-You brought kids into the world, go raise them!

At any time everyone can be called to fight. if u love your kids so much why endanger your life just for a free education?

lindapolver on November 25, 2009 at 8:53 am

Single moms are a left wing favorite so expect the outrage to continue.
Common sense would dictate that having a child out of wedlock should be enough to keep a woman out of the ranks in the first place for conduct unbecoming. The baby daddy has a responsibility to take custody. If he’s a druggy or something like that obviously you can’t use him but to excuse her is not responsible.

Joe on November 25, 2009 at 9:38 am

There are a lot of conservative pundits who want to be PC at the expense of the military. Many other pundits are upset with your takes. Screw them, they will compromise principals. You don’t. Keep up the good writing.

CaliforniaScreaming on November 25, 2009 at 12:54 pm

It comes back to basic practicality. The military is not an entitlement program, and when that becomes its mission to any extent, it damages readiness.

Worry01 on November 25, 2009 at 11:33 pm

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