Posted by: reisendame | September 18, 2007

Aussie Navy pays for breast implants? Now I’ve heard everything.

I really don’t see any reason why the Australian military should fund breast augmentations for female sailors, but apparently they think it’s perfectly fine. The Navy down under defended its decision Sunday to pay for breast implants when recommended by a physician. 

Defense spokesman Brigadier Andrew Nikolic won’t reveal just how many women now have larger breasts, thanks to the hard-earned taxpayers’ dollars.  He pointed out that this procedure is not practiced for cosmetic purposes; rather, it is to improve the holistic health of a sailor.

Since numbers have not been revealed, it’s difficult to assess the prevalence of military-funded plastic surgery; specifically, breast enhancement.  I don’t know how often this occurs, but I can confidently say that in general, this is all very ridiculous. I really can’t think of any reasons why breast implants would improve a sailor’s ability to defend her nation. I do reailze that this is Australia we’re talking about, here- I suppose its military has less to worry about than others. Still, it seems to me that besides than wasting someone else’s money, these sailors are actually undermining their abilities to do their jobs. There is a number of health risks that come along with this type of procedure, not to mention the fact that it puts a girl out of commission for some time. Not too useful.

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I’ve never heard of anyone seeking a larger, artificial bosom for health purposes. I can see why someone may need a breast reduction, because too-big breasts could create back problems for women and make movement more cumbersome. There are plenty of people with real health problems that could use this kind of money, and I’m just surprised that this occurs at all. I’m especially surprised that any country’s military would endorse this kind of behavior, even if it allows some female sailors a little boost in self-esteem.

Australians Joining Army for Free Plastic Surgery

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  1. I’m scared to say anything about this story other than good job!

  2. The US military provides plastic surgery to soldiers and their families that are covered under the health plan… But there is a catch. Any implants must be paid for by the patient. If you think about it, there is a reason they do this. Military Doctors need the practice doing most of these procedures for when they have to put a soldier back together after being blown to pieces. So, when they have the time, they practice doing elective plastic surgery to keep up the skills.


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