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The Changing Military Family: Impacts on Readiness
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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To maintain essential readiness, the services must be able to set practical policy guidelines that resolve conflicts between mission responsibilities and family responsibilities, At the same time, all men and women contemplating entering the services must be counseled to consider their career potential realistically. In light of the uniqueness of the military profession, those young women in the military who have children, or who plan to have children, must accept the realities of their careers. Whether as flight nurses, loadmasters, boom operators, cooks, or common soldiers, they will have to be prepared for duty at any point on the globe and at any hour of the clock. These facts must be understood and accepted by all parties, both within and without the military. Those in the military, and those entering the military, must accept their military and family responsibilities and seek to solve the conflicts therein intelligently. And, with the realization that family and mission are competing for a service members time and commitment, policy considerations must work to alleviate the ensuing stress, if the force is to be mission-ready. The article is divided into the following sections Women as Careerists, Recruiting Women, Why are Women in Uniform, Marriage and the Female Soldier, Pregnancy and Nontraditional Jobs, Conflicts between Family and Mission, and Impact of Military Life on the Family.
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