Jennifer Atkins gives a baby gender reveal to her husband, Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Atkins, on the pier at Apra Harbor, Guam, during a homecoming celebration for the submarine USS Oklahoma City in December 2016. Two recent studies differ on whether men on submarines father girls significantly more often than they do boys. JAMICA JOHNSON/U.S. NAVY
Jennifer Atkins gives a baby gender reveal to her husband, Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Atkins, on the pier at Apra Harbor, Guam, during a homecoming celebration for the submarine USS Oklahoma City in December 2016. Two recent studies differ on whether men on submarines father girls significantly more often than they do boys. JAMICA JOHNSON/U.S. NAVY

Are Navy submariners more likely to father daughters? New military study says no

by Nancy Montgomery
Stars and Stripes

A new study has contradicted a widespread belief in the submarine community that submariners father more girls than do other servicemembers.

The analysis published in the military’s most recent Medical Surveillance Monthly Report “found no evidence to suggest the offspring sex ratio of male active duty U.S. Navy submariners is different from that of other active duty populations or the U.S. population as a whole.”

Worldwide, 105 boys are generally born for every 100 girls. Variations in that ratio have been observed in some locations, with fewer male babies born after earthquakes and other stressful events. Some theories have suggested that a decline in sperm count or quality, possibly because of exposure to reproductive hazards such as pesticides or elevated radiation, also might result in a lower ratio of boys being born.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.588471

Subscribe to our Stripes Pacific newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, cultural information, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Pacific
Flipboard: Stars and Stripes Community Sites

Looking to travel while stationed abroad? Check out our other Pacific community sites!
Stripes Japan
Stripes Korea
Stripes Guam

Recommended Content