Hidden Barriers

3 questions Service members should ask before transitioning to the civilian workforce 

By Jessica Ruttenber “And then I hit transition, and then it was retirement.  I kept asking myself, what do you wanna do, what do you wanna do and then I switched it to Who Do You Want to Be?”  RET Navy SEAL Dan Luna According to the Department of Veterans Affairs approximately 200,000 men and…

Finding My Horizon: falling through the cracks of the military mental health care system.

“Never did I dream that my last fight in the military would be fighting for myself.”

Trimming the talent; can changes to current facial hair polices help the Air Force with diversity and talent management challenges? 

Roughly 45% of African American service members and 3% of Caucasian service members are affected by pseudofolliculitis barbai (PFB), PFB “is a common inflammatory condition of the face and neck caused by shaving in predisposed individuals who have naturally curly hair.”

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3 thoughts on “Hidden Barriers

  1. Just a note to say “Great job!” for this site. I was a LTJG in the Navy in 1969 and, even though I was married, I was discharged when my pregnancy was discovered. My husband stayed on in the Navy and eventually retired. I decided to use my benefits for graduate school, after being discharged, and found out that I could not claim my daughter, or my husband, as dependents, even though a man could always claim his wife and children as dependents, whether or not they were dependent on him. Years later that was rectified, and we filed and got back allowances.

    The story going around then (don’t know for sure if it was true) was that a CDR in the Navy was discharged when her pregnancy was discovered, even though she planned to, and did, release the baby for adoption. The baby’s father, of course, continued with his Navy career with no problem.

    I’m very glad that this has all been rectified but am not surprised that much discrimination remains. I went on and taught high school for almost 40 years and had a union to protect me. Keep fighting, sisters!

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