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Navy Releases New Parental Leave Program

Navy announced the establishment of the Military Parental Leave Program in NAVADMIN 151/18, released June 21. The new program increases parental leave and combines the current family leave policies into one. The Military Parental Leave Program also aligns the Navy with recently released Department of Defense guidance pertaining to changes about parental leave.

The program applies to all active duty Sailors. Reserve Sailors who are performing active duties, or mobilized more than 12 continuous months, and are the parents of a qualifying birth or adoption on or after Dec. 23, 2016 are also eligible.

The three family leave categories under the Military Parental Leave Program are:

* Maternity Convalescent Leave is a six-week (42 days), non-chargeable leave period for the Sailor who gives birth, commencing the first full day after a Sailor is released from the hospital following a birth.

* Primary Caregiver Leave is a six-week (42 days) non-chargeable leave period for the parent who gives birth or is designated with primary responsibility for caring for the child or children following a birth or adoption.

* Secondary Caregiver leave is a two-week (14 days) non-chargeable leave period for the parent not designated with primary responsibility for caring for the child following a birth or adoption.

For complete details on the parental leave program read NAVADMIN 151/18 at www.npc.navy.mil.