This report on the military readiness front is from Stars and Stripes, so I don't doubt it:
CAMP ZAMA, Japan – The Army is ordering its hardened combat veterans to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies so they can better understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training.
This week, 14 noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers.
Good lord. So now we have a family friendly lean, mean fighting machine.
Camaraderie. Empathy. Not the same thing.