mommy factor
 n.— «With U.S. soldiers and Marines now serving 15-month combat tours, with casualties on the increase, and with deployments to a combat zone a virtual certainty for new soldiers, military experts blame the “Mommy Factor” for the drop in new enlistments. If we can’t blame the Army itself for this state of affairs, and apple pie won’t do, I guess Mom is it.» —“Is a Bigger Army a Better Army?” by William M. Arkin Washington Post July 10, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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