ocatchings, I agree.
This issue, "single parents and deployment issues" is usually an open and shut case for the military (and any other soldier personal issues) with no exceptions.
IMO, with the current political climate and pubic overall resentment, especially after Bush/Chaney, with 8+ years of fighting the unnecessary and illegial Iraq War and Americans the wanting of end of the "totally disregarded" for 8+ years war in Afghanstan by Bush/Chaney and the Obama administration trying to decide what to do going forward and having, despite the "overall mission" of finding Bin Laden/destroying the Taliban has the same end results for our soldiers: killed/wounded/PTSD/ broken families and the constat problems of soldiers having everyday life issues like this one having to once again sacrifice for wars that no one really believes in has made the American public and our soldiers just plain ole' frusterated and tired with soldier "in the war zone in harm's way" rotation after rotation after rotation with no end in sight for this Afghanstan war.
For the last 8+ years, soldiers have been (if they don't get killed or severely wounded) at home, at war, at home, at war, etc and despite everyday life issues like this one, soldiers are extremely overworked, tired & stressed, the American people are tired and these everyday family issues like this one regarding deployment "despite the circumstances" have and are really getting old.
The "no exceptions, open and shut" justification just doesn't cut it anymore and the recent Fort Hood killings brought it home for everybody; just how hard it is for soldiers/marines with little or no adjustments.
The difference between past American involved wars and the Iraq/Afghanstan War?
The majority of past wars (Civil War, WWI/WWII, Korea/Vietnam were fought between different nations and ended in a politically signed peace treaty between those warring nations.
This war on terorism has no peace treaty; no such thing and it probably doesn't have an "ending."
Quote: "Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, 21, claims she had no choice but to refuse deployment orders because the only family she had to care for her 10-month-old son — her mother — was overwhelmed by the task, already caring for three other relatives with health problems".
Via the rules, she submitted a health plan. Her situation completely changed and she is currently being upheld but she will be deployed and if she makes it back and is not killed/severely wounded or has severe PTSD that renders her unfit to take care of her child upon her return, then what? Child Protection Services after the fact?
The U.S. government and the military need to revise their policies because has no clue when these wars will end and today's soldiers are really enslaved; they are not getting of the hook.
Soldiers signed up and committed themselves to the mlitary to defend this country but the U.S. government and the military cannot keep going like this. They have got to change.
Outside of the war zone, they are mentally killing their own troops before they get to the war zone.
Hundreds of soldiers are not just killed/severely wounded directly by the enemy but many are killed by not paying strict attention; worried about what issues they left at home, causing inattention, therefore causing mistakes.
President Obama said that "he will not send soldiers into harm"s way unnecessarily and without a well thoughout plan for success".
But what about successfully taking care of soldiers before and after the fact?