Are U.S.A. military men more or less likely to be circumcised?

Discussion in 'The Healthy Penis' started by Northland, Mar 16, 2010.

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Are circumcision rates different for the military?

Poll closed Aug 16, 2016.
  1. More

    33.6%
  2. Less

    4.0%
  3. Some branches have more (please share information)

    0.8%
  4. It seems equal to civillian rates

    25.6%
  5. I have no idea

    36.0%
  1. Northland

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    In the military of today of the United States of America, is circumcision more or less prevelent than in the civilian population? If you have personal experience, please share.
     
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    As long as the norm in the US is for circumcism of the new born, the norm for
    military men will probably follow.
    The first time I ever saw an un-cut male was when I was 18 and in the military,
    however, he was not American born and spent his childhood in Europe where
    that is more common.
    I have, of course, frequently seen more uncircumcised men since, but even today
    in the two gyms to which I belong in NYC, the mojarity I see are circumcised.
     
  3. finsuptx

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    Why would one think there would be a difference between the civilian population and those serving in the military? The civilian population feeds the military ranks, therefore the only answer could be the statistics are exactly the same.
     
  4. JTalbain

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    I believe that the rates are significantly higher. At one point it was offered for free and lauded for many health benefits. Some of these were actually true for military life; if you were going to be on the battlefield for an extended period of time, for instance, hygiene might become an issue, as you can't shower regularly if you're in a war zone.

    Nowadays, the decision is almost entirely made by the parents, and those that choose to circumcise their children are typically circumcised themselves. They usually do so for holdover reasons which may have been proven false, but it's ingrained into their thinking. Throw in that many who go into the military are second or third generation troops, and yes, more people in the military and in military families will be circumcised.

    Having grown up in the air force, I never even saw an uncircumcised penis until I was twenty. Didn't know that the foreskin existed until I was fifteen and a younger non-military friend commented that his looked different from some pictures in porn. Had to begin scouring the internet from there to get any information.
     
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    I think it's higher non-circumcision rate because we use our poorest people to fight our wars... poor people don't have doctors chasing after them to do unnecessary body modifications. Doctors do that on children when they are sure they will get payed for the unnecessary procedure.
     
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    Retired military here. As stated above the military draws from the civilian population, hence the rate of circumsion is the same. And I know this because....common showers, you cannot help but notice when standing there showering and talking.
     
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    The Army decided in 1984 to no longer do infant circumcisions on American bases outside the United States. Whether this had any real bearing on the circumcision rates within military families is unclear, but unlikely. Still, it sent a simple message that the procedure was unnecessary.

    I find it plenty bizarre that so many Americans seem to justify circumcision on the basis that war conditions once required it or may still require it. It certainly was never necessary or beneficial in any sense for the British armed forces, or the Russian armed forces, or the Argentine armed forces. Yes, the US military did a lot of circumcisions on soldiers and sailors in WWI and WWII, popularizing the procedure. But other countries didn't.

    I've heard that the circumcision rate in the Air Force is much higher than in either the Army or Navy -- nearly universal. I have no evidence one way or the other.
     
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    I agree with scottredleter:

    Most of our Military Heroes today were raised in situations of being from low income families.

    Thus they were not cut. The procedure of circumcision is a monty maker for the Doctors and the Hospitals who perform them. A family with poor insurance coverage or no insurance coverage is a poor target for this unnecessary procedure.

    I know for a fact that the Military Heroes of today are indeed great Americans. They are well trained and can be proud of their accomplishments even though a majority come/came from economically challenged families.

    Let us hope that these Male Heroes father Sons who are not cut when they are born.

    I am proud of my situation and appreciate the fact that My Parents lacked the funds for the cutting.

    Thanks for this topic.
     
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    Didn't the U.S. Navy use to circumsize anyone that wasn't already, when they crossed the equator? Of am I thinking of the "Mason/Dixon" line? :biggrin1:
     
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    Maybe if you were on NY Rep. Eric J. Massa's Ship. :biggrin1:

    While I was in the Navy as a hospital corpsmen, I did noticed there were a few guys that got circumcised while on tour. I don't know if it was because they had problems but along with that I noticed all were Black men from the South. I knew there was racism so I don't know if there was some connection. There was occasional joking about doctors practicing circumcision on crewmen.

    In my last year, I worked the newborn nursery at a Marine base with a small Navy hospital on base that was a baby factory. It seems circumcision for babies followed a certain ethnic/racial pattern. All White babies were circumcised, Hispanics and Blacks were about 50/50, it depended on the doctor who would write notes for us to get to advise parents and get consent forms signed. Whites without hesitation would sign the dotted line.
     
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    People who are circumcised are more likely to have their children circumcised. Even looking at the statistics for today there is a marked disparity among circumcision rates along racial lines, military or not.
     
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    There is some historical information that civilian circumcision campaigns began with the military, so I would say yes. I was in the U.S. Army from 1986-1992 and practically everyone in there was cut, but that reflects on my culture and the era I was born in. Prior to the World Wars, practically no one in the U.S. was cut.
     
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    I was in Army 1963-65 not too many cut. I stood out being small dicked and cut.
     
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    I'm 3 days older than Massa (that was for today's useless trivia file:redface:).

    Interesting.
     
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    I chortled and dismissed this, then two seconds later my brain supplied a possible reason.

    Urination.

    There'd be nowhere to go in-flight except for a handy bottle or an attached contraption. If the latter, a mobile foreskin could effect said attachment.

    Honestly I have no clue. My brain also supplies dreams where I'm a dragon fighting ex-cheerleader with a lucky/magical shoelace.
     
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    Oh, for cripes sake. They're ALL circumcised. Just think about it: In the military, anyone who doesn't 'make the cut' gets thrown out.
    (Where do you think that phrase comes from, anyway?)
     
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    I have no idea.

    But if anyone needs someone to do the research needed to get a good answer: I'm your guy.
     
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    hmmm. This is something I might ask my dad since he was in the service. He's 77 and cut. I never asked but I wonder why especially since he and his twin brother were born at home! I know both my uncles are cut too. I don't know if my grandfather is cut. My uncles on my mother's side are cut too.
     
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    My mom's brothers, now in their seventies are all intact. My dad, seventy-two this year, is cut. But not his father, died a few years ago at almost 92. Nevertheless his mother was a nurse, go figure, probably the one who cut him, or made that decision for him.
     
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    It's almost the same as in the civilian world (for the US, at least). Most guys are cut and you have a few here and there that aren't.
     
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