Conduct unbecoming…: Long overdue —- Breastfeeding moms in military uniforms reprimanded; photographer fired

I criticize the military a great deal… from the so-called “rules of engagement” that results in unnecessary increased deaths and wounds of our young troops to the recent Air force breastfeeding debacle.

See my May 31 post ‘Service before self… unless you’re a member of a minority group’

It is more than unfortunate that the Air Force has taken more than two weeks to reprimand these women who have disgraced the uniform and embarrassed the entire military/veteran community…. in time of war.

I hope they are out of the service as soon as possible… it will benefit their husbands’ careers as well as the Air Force which has been made a laughing stock.

The military is no place for politics and exhibitionists.

The following from The

Crystal Scott, one of the driving forces behind the controversial photos of women in uniform breast-feeding their children, has been fired from her job as an X-Ray technician, according to reports.

The women in uniform, on the other hand, have reportedly been reprimanded for violating a rule stating that military uniforms cannot be used to promote a product or cause.

Having served in the military herself, Scott now lives on the Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane with her husband, who is on active duty.  She is also the spokesperson for Mom2Mom, a support group for breast-feeding on the military base, and she claims that her employers blamed bad media coverage when letting her go.

However, she suspects the decision may really be rooted in a complaint she lodged several weeks ago about gender discrimination.

“I was doing something for the good of people. I feel like our organization is making positive changes for women all over the world. To be punished for something that was good was unfortunate,” she said to Right This Minute in an interview.

View the group’s controversial breastfeeding photos here.

Though the photos were meant to be released for National Breast-feeding Awareness Week, the Mom2Mom group reiterates that they were never intended to “exploit, promote or to use the military uniform to help [their] group” in any way.

Scott explained: “We love our military.  We don’t want to go against them at all.”  She only hopes, she added, “that it brings positive changes not only for military but for women across the board to show them they don’t have to hide in the closet.”

Regardless, the images have caused a firestorm of controversy, and have been featured on almost every major news network.

Some supporters maintain that breastfeeding is a “universal right” and the women are incredibly strong to be serving their country as new mothers, while at least one commenter on Facebook compared the photos to “defecating in uniform.”

Mrs. Scott explained to the Daily Mail: “No one can agree on everything and everyone is 100 per cent entitled to their opinion.  But to compare breastfeeding to other bodily functions like defecating and urinating?  It’s disheartening and saddening.”

According to law, a woman may breastfeed her child in any federal building or on any federal property, but the criticism is more from people who deem it “unprofessional,” rather than illegal.

Amid a flood of Facebook comments, one wrote: “I can’t believe someone would have the audacity to judge or criticize this photo, or any nursing mother. It’s pitiful.”

However, another concluded: “I [was] one of many women who fought long and hard to be accepted and respected as fellow soldiers and the right to wear these uniforms [and] feel shocked [and] angry at these published photos.”

About Gary Alexander

Volunteer coordinator for veterans support network in North Texas. Now retired from his private psychotherapy practice, I specialized in the diagnosis and treatment posttraumatic stress, working with victim assistance programs, veterans and the Veterans Administration for over 20 years. After being wounded in action in Vietnam, I was medically retired from the Marine Corps and know first hand many of the readjustment difficulties and psychological stresses experienced by today's OIF and OEF veterans. I am available, at minimal cost, to speak at your functions on several subjects including veterans issues, Vietnam, the Medal of Honor, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and critical incident debriefings.
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7 Responses to Conduct unbecoming…: Long overdue —- Breastfeeding moms in military uniforms reprimanded; photographer fired

  1. Steve says:

    Everytime I pop on your site….damn, that chick on the left is gorgeous!!! And not because of the half titty shot. There’s something about her face……No wonder she got in the motherly way!!!!!


  2. Jessica Chamberlain says:

    I am just speechless. This is offensive? This is disgraceful to the Military? Nursing a child (or 2!) is HARD. Doing so while working full time, being extremely physically active, going through the emotional changes of motherhood, Amazing! Shame on you Gary Alexander. Shame on you. Nursing mothers work so hard to provide their children with a food source that is not filled with pesticides, chemicals, genetically modified crap. Learn a thing or two about food before you begin to judge these woman. I am just disgusted you.

    • Jessica….

      I can understand you being speechless on this matter… you have no adequate defense for these bimbos.

      Where to begin?

      In the military ones first obligation is to the Constitution, America and ones unit. If it is not, then you have no damned business in uniform.

      The military is not a “job”, it is an obligation, an oath of allegiance and a promise that you will defend your Nation and your fellow unit members to the death… that’s “hard”.

      Having your leg blown off and putting on a tourniquet on so you can continue to fight…. that’s “hard”.

      Killing an enemy with a bayonet face-to-face… that’s “hard”.

      Feeding your child in front on God and everyone is nothing but feminist posturing and has no place in our armed services AND it’s in not “hard”; females have been doing so for hundreds of thousands of years… and if cows can do it, how “hard” can it be?

      I don’t give a damn about “emotional changes of pregnancy”… when pregnant a female reduces the effectiveness of her unit and forces others to do her job.

      I don’t have to learn a damned thing about food. I judge these women based on the Uniformed Code of Military Justice; they are a disgrace to the uniform, they have been reprimanded by teh Air Force for their minor crime and need to get out of the service as soon as possible. They are not selfless—they are selfish, and thus cannot be counted on.

      End of story.

      Lastly, it is you who needs to learn something about the difference between military and being exhibitionist for a cheap 15 minutes of fame. Most females in the military understand that… you wanna play Gloria Steinem, stay out of the military.

      Semper Fidelis,

      • you will never understand says:

        You are an ass clown they are women feeding their children like they should. This makes you feel uncomfortable in some way and thats why you can’t stand it. It is what God intended they are not trying to be exhibitionists, they are being mothers that also happen to be in the military. Leave them be you fuck-tard.

      • Wanna be in the military… be in the military. You wanna be a raging feminazi, then do that.

        You can’t do both.

        Your email is appropriate …. Which is the summation of your point of view.

  3. carlos says:

    Why is it homosexuals are allowed to go out and act a fool in gay pride parades in military uniforms without any fear of repercussions? Those kinds of things when they happen leave service members from all branches feeling embarrassed? But a mother breastfeeding her babies, is disturbing to us? What the heck is with American society today? Has every one lost the nerve in this country to stand for what is right? Stop worrying about your jobs as much and start focussing on what kind of country you are going to leaving your children to deal with!

    • Carlos,

      I agree with your point, but there are more cracks in the foundation that the DADT disaster…. politicians are willing to destroy the military to advance their own agenda, and the military/veterans community must oppose all who want to “fundamentally change America”.

      This is a fight on many fronts.

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