Posted on Jul 9, 2015
MSgt David Haupt
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If the Air Force has the manning to make this a reality, fantastic. However, I wonder why the policy does not extend to fathers as well?
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MSgt Ncoic Weather Operations
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I think it really does come down to manning. They can afford to do this for females only because they are a minority of the total force.
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MSgt Ronald Stacy
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Keeping it limited to the natural mother limits the pool of folks. And also maintains it as "medical" issues.

Open this to Fathers and you will make it a purely family bonding issues.....which of course will open it up to same sex couples, adoptive couples, singles, etc. ...which in turn would destroy manning documents across the board.
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I was aware and am actually surprised that the AF approved a whole year with no deployments. I deployed with two of my kids under 1 years of age, my last one I was trying to dry up from breastfeeding when I qualified on the M-16/9M.
If we look at the Better Health part of Air Force Medical Service Mission Goals, then 1 year off from deployment meets some of that goal. It allows women a full year to breastfeed their child (if they so choose), which is highly recommended by most Pediatric doctors.
I personally can't think of any other benefit, other than isn't that nice the Air Force is trying to target mother's for retain ability, which is odd as our end strength continues to decline.
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MSgt Ncoic Weather Operations
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Wow, a whole year after giving birth?! This seems like a "nice" thing to do, and I imagine it is intended to recruit and retain more women in the service. It's great for new moms, and if I was a new mom, I would certainly enjoying not having to worry about deploying the first year of my baby's life... the problem is I would want the same thing as a new dad, and only giving this benefit to female service members seems extremely unfair.
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