About Single Parents in the Military

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About 8 percent of all military members are single parents. They must meet the standards of the Department of Defense Family Care Plan for having acceptable child care providers in case of an emergency in order to remain in the military. Avoid trying to enlist in the military as a single parent, as they will not accept single parent applicants, with insight from a private in the military in this free video on military service.

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Let's talk about single parents in the military. About 8% of all military members are single parents. That goes up to 11% in the Army, our largest force. There have always been regulations about what happens when a single parent is put into active duty or is deployed overseas. But until Desert Shield, they weren't strictly enforced. The Department of Defense published its family care plans, requirements, to standardize things. And it stopped accepting single parents for enlistment in the military. The plan states that they must have short term providers in case there's an emergency deployment, long term providers for an overseas tour and care provisions which includes logistical details in the event of a move, financial, medical, legal support. If a member of the armed forces becomes single while serving, whether by separation, death, etcetera, the military will not force them to resign, however they must abide by the family care plan. And all plans have to be commander reviewed for instance, if I had an executive officer or a first sergeant and this must take place at least annually. Finally, military moms receive a four month deferment from duty away from home immediately following the birth of a child. There's a new recruit there, soldier.

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