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Be All You Can Be (And Then Some)

Military service has its perks perkies.

ABC News (Rueters) -The United States Army has long lured recruits with the slogan "Be All You Can Be" but now soldiers and their families can receive plastic surgery, including breast enlargements, on taxpayers' money.

The New Yorker magazine reports in its July 26 edition that members of all four branches of the US military can get face-lifts, breast enlargements, liposuction and nose jobs for free - something the military says helps surgeons practice their skills.

Between 2000 and 2003, military doctors performed 496 breast enlargements and 1,361liposuction surgeries on soldiers and their dependents, the magazine said.

The magazine quoted an Army spokeswoman as saying, "the surgeons have to have someone to practice on".

Gee, when I was a kid we occasionally went to the hairdressing school for cheap (or possibly free) haircuts. As I recall they took much longer than a normal cut, and the quality was hit or miss.

Plastic surgery seems like the least likely of all things you'd want go bargain shopping for...


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Comments (10)

In one report that i notice... (Below threshold)

In one report that i noticed on CNN (I believe), it stated that the soldiers needed to purchase the implants, sort of BYOI.

The best line on this I hea... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

The best line on this I heard was on "The Daily Show," which summarized it as "Go to Iraq and get a rack."

J.

Hmmm... MyRaq. ... (Below threshold)

Hmmm... MyRaq.

Like I said at my place, th... (Below threshold)
Ted:

Like I said at my place, the plastic surgeons do stuff like this to be able to better deal with combat injuries. Reconstruction isn't something you can just wing, it takes practice and experience.

This isn't just to attract ... (Below threshold)

This isn't just to attract regular recruits - the policy attracts doctors into the military - plastic surgery practices are extremely lucrative, and experienced plastic surgeons are in high demand. The military benefits in an even more important way... the surgeons become better prepared to treat combat injuries.

Win Win Win Win.

The Armed Services need su... (Below threshold)
Peter:

The Armed Services need surgeons skilled and practiced in reconstructive surgery during wartime. For example there is a reason that the burn ward in a civilian hospital will be one of the smaller wards while it will be much larger in a comparably sized military hospital.
Further, improved body armor means that more soldiers survive wounds. In my days in uniform a guy who got horribly disfiguring wounds to the face would more likely have died from wounds to parts of the body that are now covered by armor. Add that Medevac has improved so much since my days in the Southeast Asian War Games and so has the battlefield life saving from the platoon medics that far more wounded and injured soldiers make it to the field hospitals alive.
The military surgeons are not amatuers. They're pretty damned good. Like any other profession, though, they have to stay in practice. That free nose job is what the Docs use to keep up to speed for when that aircrewman comes in with half his face burned off. That boob job will mean that a servicewoman who gets half a breast blown off when a mortar shell drops into her tent will be taken care of by Docs that are used to rebuilding breasts.
That's why they do this and I'm damned glad they do.

Ever think they "accidental... (Below threshold)

Ever think they "accidentally" add a third boob?

Y'know, one on the back, for dancing.

"Honey... You know those b... (Below threshold)

"Honey... You know those boobs you've been wanting? And you know how I've always said you'd look sexy in a uniform?"

Hehe...yeah, the boobs SHE'... (Below threshold)

Hehe...yeah, the boobs SHE'S been wanting...

ummmm...my husband is deplo... (Below threshold)
J:

ummmm...my husband is deployed, and I've been looking into implants...and just came across this info......WHERE DO THEY DO THIS? lol




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