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Planning a Family Around Your Navy Career

Planning a Family Around Your Navy Career POC: OSC Jessica Myers, OPNAV, N134W (jessica.myers@navy.mil). In the Navy, many pregnancies are unplanned and jeopardize operational mission readiness. Did you know?. Female Sailors reported that 74% of pregnancies were unplanned.

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Planning a Family Around Your Navy Career

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  1. Planning a Family Around Your Navy Career POC: OSC Jessica Myers, OPNAV, N134W (jessica.myers@navy.mil)

  2. In the Navy, many pregnancies are unplanned and jeopardizeoperational mission readiness.

  3. Did you know? • Female Sailors reported that 74% of pregnancies were unplanned. • Only 31% were using birth control at the time they conceived. • 7 out of 10 male Sailors contributed to an unplanned pregnancy of a fellow female Sailor. • There are 7.6% single parents in the Navy. There are an estimated 6,000 single Navy mothers and 12,000 single Navy fathers. Over half of enlisted women are unmarried when their child is born. • The average pregnant female Sailor tends to be a 23-yr old single E-4. • When they became pregnant, 44% of enlisted female Sailors were assigned to sea (24%), deployable billets (16%), or in school (4%). • Pregnancy may disrupt a Navy career by disqualifying a Sailor from her current duty position or from her current Navy school. • In the Navy, unplanned manpower losses from sea or deployable billets effects Navy operational readiness. Some of these unplanned losses, such as pregnancy, are preventable. • While a woman may elect to become pregnant at any time, pregnancy causes less disruption when it is planned during shore duty.

  4. Professional Life vs. Personal Life

  5. HONOR COURAGE  COMMITMENT We all have a duty to conduct ourselves with honor, have the courage to treat each other with respect and to keep our commitments.

  6. Stop & Think!

  7. REALITY CHECK Financial aspects to consider before causing a pregnancy (or becoming pregnant): • Cost of Raising a Child: http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/savings/raise-child-calculator.aspx • Child Support: http://www.alllaw.com/calculators/childsupport/ • DEFAS: Federal Law authorizes the garnishment of military pay for child support. • Daycare (i.e., availability, location, hours of operation, and associated costs/late pick-up fees) • Family Care Plan (FCP) • Challenges of balancing Life/Work (esp. when single)

  8. Ask yourself: “Who will ultimately pay the price for my decision?” Hazards and unexpected consequences of an unplanned pregnancy… Benefits of a well thought out and planned pregnancy…

  9. Appreciate your attention to this important discussion. Are there any questions?

  10. Additional slides provided for CSAAD members to utilize as background information and activity supplements. The following are bACK-UP SLIDES

  11. Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions Program Information Sheet • Available Resources: • For pregnancy prevention education in your area, please consult with your local health clinic. Speak with your healthcare provider about birth control options as well as specific questions or concerns you may have about how to use your birth control of choice. • Recommended NKO training program (CSADD member led): • Sexual Health - Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention (CPPD-GMT-SHUPP-1.0) Note: Statistical data in this course is based on the 2005 Survey; current statistics are listed above have been based on the 2008 survey data. • Cost of Raising a Child Calculator online: http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/savings/raise-child-calculator.aspx • National Child Support Calculator: http://www.alllaw.com/calculators/childsupport/ • Military Pay/Garnishment: http://www.dfas.mil/militarypay/garnishment/childsupportandalimony.html • National Center for Fathering: http://www.fathers.com/ • Take Time to be a Dad Today: www.Fatherhood.gov • Military Dads Face Unique Concerns: http://www.fatherhood.gov/dads/my-situation/my-challenges/military-families • President Obama's Fatherhood Message: http://www.fatherhood.gov/media/304/5 • Fatherhood Program: http://www.fatherhood.gov/policy-research/policy/programs-and-initiatives/find-a-fatherhood-program • What about the Children? http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/genfamily/a/familycare.htm • Consequences of Father Absence: http://fathersforlife.org/divorce/chldrndiv.htm • Activity to reinforce the topic being addressed: • Scavenger Hunt: Pair members up in small groups. Provide each group a list of items they need to find and research the prices for (either by going to the base commissary/exchange or this can be done as an online activity). Whichever group gets done first and has accurate pricing wins. But the items must be totaled up and the cost calculated for the month (emphasizing the cost of a child per month: food, daycare, clothing, etc.). Have them compare that to their monthly net pay.

  12. Pregnancy Instructions: NPC webpage: http://www.npc.navy.mil/AboutUs/BUPERS/WomensPolicy/policies.htm • OPNAVINST 6000.1C - Guidelines Concerning Pregnant Servicewomen • SECNAVINST 1000.10 - DON Policy on Pregnancy • MILPERSMAN 1740-020 - Information Concerning Pregnant Members • NAVADMIN 256/08 - Guidelines Concerning Pregnancy and Parenthood Instruction Supplement • OPNAVINST 1740.4C - Navy Family Care Policy • MILPERSMAN 1300-1000 - Military Couple and Single Parent Assignment Policy

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