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Parenting

Tell us: have you had to decide between pregnancy and your US military career?


The first woman to have a child while on active duty was US Air Force Captain Susan Struck, who got pregnant in Vietnam in 1970 while working as a nurse. She fought the a regulation which automatically discharged pregnant women from the Air Force – and won.

However, women have been allowed in the US military since 1948. Between then and 1976, when the entire military ended the policy, thousands more women may have been discharged. We want to hear from them.

We want to understand how many women this affected and how this impacted their lives, and we want to tell their stories. We hope to receive enough responses with contact information to continue reporting on the stories of women impacted by this coercive regulation.

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