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October 24th, 2012
09:01 PM ET

OutFront Investigation: Woman kicked out of Air Force for becoming pregnant

Rebecca Edmonds was set to become a commissioned officer in the Air Force until she went to the military and told them she was pregnant and keeping her baby.

They kicked her out of the Air Force and told her she owes them nearly 100-thousand dollars in scholarship money.

CNN's Kyung Lah has an OutFront investigation into Air Force policies that some say don't add up.

Single mom challenges dismissal from Air Force

Rebecca Edmonds grew up a military kid and, like most military families, often moved as her dad rose through the ranks of the Navy.

Enamored with the military and her father's service to his country, Edmonds decided in high school that military life was calling her.

"I think it's definitely a tight-knit community, and I was willing to be a part of that," Edmonds recalled of her decision to join the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, commonly called ROTC, at age 18.

"I think the families are welcomed. I remember going to a base, and we'd be welcomed by these families we didn't even know. "

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  1. MoDa2

    The AF is a contingency organization, not a civilian company. As a military supervisor, single parents were my biggest problem. It is difficult for troops stationed abroad to get the kids to relatives in the USA. It is difficult to conduct & pass no notice exercises because of single parents. Single parents need time off because daycare does not support extended hrs. Others get stuck with deployments single parents cannot support. How would you feel if a single parent got time off & you had to work two or four extra hours, just because they were a single parent? How would you feel if I sent your family member to war & they died, then you find that this troop was spared because she was a single parent? It is not about being fair, it is about being ready to fly fight and win. This girl’s dad is a commander & he supported her violating the law? I question his record as commander. It is in the contract, right above where you sign, AF needs comes first.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Isn't this against a lot of really good laws? The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, at least.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply

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