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Military Pregancy Discharges - What is a Pregnancy Discharge?


In the "old days," any female who got pregnant could request a discharge and get it automatically. Those days are gone. Pregnant female members may REQUEST a discharge, but such discharges are no longer automatic. When making recommendations to approve/disapprove such discharge requests, the commander takes into consideration what is in the best interest of both the servicemember, and the military service.

Single Parents and Military Married to Military with children can be discharged if they fail to implement and maintain a proper Family Care Plan. If the commander feels the member has done everything within his/her power to maintain a proper Dependent Care Plan, the discharge characterization will normally be "honorable." Otherwise, it would likely be "general."

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