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
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(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.

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