Female American soldiers who become pregnant while on active service in Iraq and Afghanistan could face court martial and go to jail.
The same holds true for soldiers who impregnate their female colleagues. The penalty also applies to married soldiers serving in combat zones at the same time.
The London Daily Mail reports this is policy is not in effect for the entire U.S. Army.
Currently, pregnant soldiers are sent home from combat within 14 days.
However, General Anthony Cucolo, the top U.S. commander for northern Iraq, issued the new order after losing too many female GIs with special skills.
"It's black and white for me," Gen. Cucolo said. "I've got a mission to do. I am given a finite number of soldiers with which to do it and I need every one of them."
"So I'm going to take every measure I can to keep them all strong, fit and with me for the 12 months that we're in the combat zone," he added.
The Pentagon says division commanders have the authority to make rules such rules for the troops under their command.