“I have female soldiers in absolutely critical specialties and becoming pregnant takes them out of the fight…And so that’s my message to the females – think before you do something, because I need you.”
That’s the line from General Anthony Cucolo, who commands US forces in northern Iraq – get pregnant on his team and face the risk of being sent to court or prison. And that goes for married couples too. He defended his position on the BBC a few days ago, opening up a whole tin of ethical concerns.
Is this too harsh? Is the army just a normal job? Or should your duty to see the mission through and therefore the need to remain fit and healthy come before your personal life?