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The Navy announced an update to the parental leave policy that extended parental leave to 12 weeks after the birth, adoption, or accepted placement of a child for long-term foster care. Parental Leave must be taken within the one-year period after the qualifying event.
In most cases, Sailors who experience qualifying events, like birth, adoption or placement for long-term foster care, will be authorized 12 weeks of parental leave to care for their newborn, adopted or placed child or children.
This policy update applies to all active component (AC) members – active duty Sailors and Training and Administration of the Reserve (TAR) Sailors - and some reserve component (RC) members.
Qualifying events that make a Sailor eligible for parental leave include giving birth to one or more child, adopting a minor child, having a minor child placed with the service member for adoption or long-term foster care, or a combination of any of these events.
The new policy updates include:
Service members may take parental leave in one continuous period or in weekly increments and can be taken with ordinary leave, however, parental leave must be taken within one year after the qualifying event.
The Navy will normally require deployed Sailors or Sailors who are expected to deploy within three months to defer some or all parental leave until the deployment concludes. However, commanding officers are authorized to approve parental leave in these situations if they determine command readiness will not be adversely impacted.
If parental leave deferred due to deployment extends the member beyond the one-year parental leave period, commanding officers are authorized to extend the period.
Active component members and some Reserve members who experienced a qualifying event (birth, adoption, long-term foster placement) on or after Dec. 27, 2022 are eligible for expanded parental leave. This policy also applies to Sailors who had at least some unused caregiver leave (under the previous policy) on Dec. 27, 2022. In such cases, the Sailor is authorized a total of 12 weeks of parental leave as described in the NAVADMIN, which must be approved by the CO.
See NAVADMIN 008/23 for additional details.
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