Single Mom Ordered to Deploy


According to this article, Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan (found via @JessicaGottlieb on Twitter), a single mom is being ordered to deploy even though she has no one to care for her child.

My understanding is that all military personnel must have a working family care plan, whether or not a deployment is imminent.

As much as I feel for a single mother trying to take care of her family and serve her country, I suspect there is more to this story.

In this AP article, a spokesperson for the Army claims that “he did not know what Specialist Hutchinson was told by her commanders but that the Army would not deploy a single parent who had nobody to care for a child.” The article quotes him as saying, “If she would have come to the deployment terminal with her child, there’s no question she would not have been deployed.”


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  1. Wendy Hill says:

    I personally think that she is full of it. Because if it was such an issue. Why did her mother come and pick up the child after she said she couldn’t watch him. I know every one has their on circumstances in which others are not fully aware. I personally think she really didn’t wanna go. Plain and simple. At the same time who could blame her. Yet she signed up for this job and she knows just what it in tells. If my NCO’s told me some thing like your child will have to go into foster care while your deployed. I think I would be talking to legal and gettin me a good lawyer. I still think there is more to this story than what was reported.

  2. Susanna says:

    I agree there seems to be more to this story than it seems….the Army is hard on families, all the deployments, moving and so on.
    Not sure how I would feel if I was a single mom, that had a working family care plan in order and I would have to go. I would almost think that I am being punished for doing things right.
    Don’t get me wrong..I empathize with the single mother if she doesn’t have any support. It’s tough.

  3. Mallory says:

    I am just coming out of active duty service and have been through the family care plan process myself…. If she is a single mother she would have had to provide her chain of command a family care plan (a document that states who will care for children in the event of deployment) if she could not provide one she would be processed out of the military… DOD wide policy. Weird. I would like to see a follow up article about this SPC. I am sure the Army is not too happy with her.

  4. I kind of think there has to be more to this story as well. It would be horrible if that happened the way that the news seems to portray it, but I have a little faith that it didn’t. I haven’t heard another story like this before and it seems that this would have happened since we have been in the war for years and several people list the children’s grandparents as caretakers. If the grandparent(s) have passed away during this time, it takes a while to have an alternate plan. Hence, why I believe that there is more to this story like you said.

  5. larry sinclair…

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