Warning: Service in the Navy causes unintended pregnancy

| January 8, 2013

The Stars & Stripes reports that nearly 3/4 of pregnancies in the Navy are unintended. I don’t understand that. Don’t people in the Navy understand that sex leads to pregnancy? I mean seriously.

Facing a staggering 74 percent unintended pregnancy rate, the Navy has launched a family planning awareness and information campaign.

The Navy’s peer-mentoring program Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions is holding informational sessions on family planning throughout January covering topics that include parental leave, operational deferment and the best forms of birth control.

Unintended pregnancy is a significant problem across the general population, but the Navy’s rate is higher.

Do we need to have the “birds and the bees” talk? I’m glad that the Navy thinks it can handle the problem with more slide shows – it’s still the same military that I left behind.

Category: Navy

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  1. SFC Holland says:

    In my experience we had 18 pregnancies out of 480 soldiers with 8 weeks of notification for deployment. Just under half aborted those children after we deployed. This was Feb 2004. It’s more common than folks may think.