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A case of political correctness down under

An Australian navy submarine skipper who suggested female sailors wear bikinis to help reverse a recruitment crisis has been criticised by lawmakers but supported by superiors, local media said on Thursday.

Commander Tom Phillips, appointed to the Australian navy's HMAS Farncomb last year, also joked in a men's magazine interview that the submariner equivalent of the notorious "mile-high club" for people having sex in aircraft was the "going down club."

Asked by Ralph magazine "if female sailors all had to be hot and had to wear bikinis, would that help recruitment?," Phillips responded: "It would certainly get the right demographic of young men in. I'm not sure how feasible it is, however."

Commander Tom Phillips must not be aware of this Australian navy policy-

Australia's opposition Labor Party has questioned the need for female sailors to be given breast enlargements paid for with public money.

An armed forces spokesman defended the operations, saying they were carried out for psychological reasons, not to make sailors "look sexy".

Brigadier Andrew Nikolic said the "holistic needs" of service personnel were considered under defence policy.

I guess in case a ship sinks there wasn't enough flotation devices around. Stomach in, chest out, has an entirely different meaning in the Australian military.


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Comments (7)

I wonder if "openly" gay so... (Below threshold)

I wonder if "openly" gay soldiers in our military would have the same effect?

We're about to find out.</p... (Below threshold)

We're about to find out.

To perversely defend the bo... (Below threshold)

To perversely defend the boob jobs...

I know that the US military has provided nose jobs in the past just to keep the surgeons in practice for when it becomes necessary to do reconstructive plastic surgery. (Like now.) The military surgeons have to keep their skills up and the particular demographic that they serve is generally young and in good health.

Also, in both cases, nose or boob jobs, a certain element of appearance may be an issue. The military (and probably the Oz military as well) wants those in uniform to look good and individually represent the corporate whole in a positive way. I know people who've gotten kicked out for being fat and have heard of at least one person kicked out for not bathing.

Synove, not just nose jobs.... (Below threshold)

Synove, not just nose jobs. As of four years ago (not sure if they still do) the U.S. Army provided free "enhancements."

A Defense Department spokeswoman confirmed the existence of the plastic-surgery benefit. According to the Army, between 2000 and 2003 its doctors performed four hundred and ninety-six breast enlargements and a thousand three hundred and sixty-one liposuction surgeries on soldiers and their dependents. In the first three months of 2004, it performed sixty breast enhancements and two hundred and thirty-one liposuctions.
Mario Moncada, an Army private who was recently treated for losing the vision in one eye in Iraq, said that he knows several female soldiers who have received free breast enlargements: "We're out there risking our lives. We deserve benefits like that."

If breast enlargements are ... (Below threshold)

If breast enlargements are 'necessary' for psychological self-esteem reasons, then why not penile 'enhancements'? To deny males the same benefit would be clearly discriminatory.

OR, we could just end this waste of taxpayer money...

How in the hell did things ever get this screwed up?

Has PC completely replaced common sense?

"Has PC completely repl... (Below threshold)

"Has PC completely replaced common sense?"

That is a rhetorical question, right?

Of course, breast enhanceme... (Below threshold)

Of course, breast enhancement can be considered in the same practice-for-reconstruction category as nose jobs. Anyone know how many women get mastectomies annually at VA hospitals?






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