Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo’s policy clearly addresses what has been an issue ever since I’ve been in the military, and of course this affects mostly the war zone but that is not always the case (“General in Iraq has new policy: No pregnancies,” article, Dec. 19). Someone has to take on their duties, cover [for them], or wait until there is a replacement.

In the war zone it’s very hard to get a replacement and it affects an entire unit. That is the point, and anyone trying to prove otherwise is failing the rest of us who have to pick up the slack because, face it, it’s usually another female taking the responsibilities.

There are perfectly good times to start or plan a family in the military, and the war zone should never be one them.

Sgt. 1st Class Olivia MorrisFort Hood, Texas

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