The Army, Pregnancy, and Deployment…

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One of the most frequently asked questions that I get about the Army and pregancy is.. How does that work with getting deployed?  What about moving?

One of the first things that happens when you inform your Chain of Command about your pregnancy is that your Commander should sit down with you and talk to you about the different options you have for your career.  There are two options: stay in or get out.  That’s right, pregnancy is one of the few situations where you can voluntarily leave the military with absolutely no negative consequences- you even get to keep getting medical care through the military until six weeks after delivery.  I am choosing to stay.

So this means I will continue to work until I go into labor.  Unless I am told by my doctor not to work prior to that, for example if I had to go on bed rest.  After the baby is born, I will get six weeks maternity leave to recover and bond with my child before returning to work.  The Army cannot deploy me until six months after my child is born.  I realize that this doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but we aren’t going to stress about possibilities that are so far in the future at this point.

As far as being relocated, the Army could move me within the Continental United States during my pregnancy, but not overseas.  I do not think that this will happen with me, as I have only been at my current duty station for a year and a half.  I will most likely be here in Washington state for another year and half.

Thanks for all of your great questions!  I will keep working on posting answers to them!

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