Aussie Navy Busted Over Free Boob Jobs

$10,000-a-pop operations address "psychological issues"

By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 17, 2007 7:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Royal Australian Navy has footed the bill for $10,000 breast-enhancement surgeries for sailors, says a plastic surgeon who told Australia's News Network that he performed breast enlargements for two such women—although neither had any injury. Officials insist the Navy pays for cosmetic operations only when there are "compelling psychological/psychiatric reasons."

Last year, it was revealed that an army cook had a taxpayer-funded nose job. An Australian Defence Association spokesman defended the government, saying: "If they were lacking in self-confidence, this might provide the measure of self-confidence that would help them tackle their wider job," he said. Full cosmetic surgery statistics will be available next week.

U.S. President George W. Bush, second from left, poses with navy chefs, Bec Horkock, left, Sam Court, second from right, during a luncheon with Australian troops at the Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. Just as there are in civilian life, there are some females...
U.S. President George W. Bush, second from left, poses with navy chefs, Bec Horkock, left, Sam Court, second from right, during a luncheon with Australian troops at the Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney...   (Associated Press)
At a taxpayer cost of $10,000 per operation, the Australian navy has begun to pay for purely cosmetic breast augmentation for female sailors.
At a taxpayer cost of $10,000 per operation, the Australian navy has begun to pay for purely cosmetic breast augmentation for female sailors.   (Public Domain)
The Australian Prime Minister John Howard is captured pointing at a sailor's chest at a farewell ceremony for HMAS Kanimbla at the Woolloomoolloo Naval Base, January 23, 2003 in Sydney, Australia. Defense officials defend the cost of the surgeries on the grounds that some servicewomen need bigger breasts to address...
The Australian Prime Minister John Howard is captured pointing at a sailor's chest at a farewell ceremony for HMAS Kanimbla at the Woolloomoolloo Naval Base, January 23, 2003 in Sydney, Australia. Defense...   (Getty Images)
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