...or at least that's the title of a rather awkward subject line. Birth Control Policies at Boot Camp Affect Military Readiness, Study Finds However the first line tells the real tale. Army soldiers have more babies in their first two years of enlistment and miss more work as a result than do women in the other military branches, a finding researchers say is linked to different service policies on birth control education and access at basic training. Between 2013 and 2016, the birth rate among soldiers in the first two years of military service ranged between 10.1% and 11.4%, while the combined rate for women in the other branches hovered at around 6.4%. The higher rate among soldiers resulted in an additional .04 deliveries, 3.7 more days of postpartum leave and 28.2 more pregnancy-related non-deployable days per service woman trained than for sailors, airmen and Marines, said Dr. Tim Roberts, a retired Navy commander who now works at Children's Mercy Kansas City. Maybe birth control should be mandatory (at least for the first term) for female military members? Otherwise it seems that we're wasting a lot of money and time for people who become non deployable due to pregnancy and childbirth.