WASHINGTON (NNS) — 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.

Under the new program, parental leave for the secondary caregiver increases from, 10 days to 14 days, and consolidates Adoption Leave MILPERSMAN 1050-420, Paternity Leave MILPERSMAN 1050-430 and Maternity Leave MILPERSMAN 1050-435 into the Military Parental Leave Program MILPERSMAN 1050-415 that will be published at a later date.

The program applies to all active duty Sailors. Reserve Sailors who were 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.

SAN DIEGO (May 9, 2018) Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Robert Dragstredt, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) meets his baby for the first time upon returning from a regularly scheduled deployment. Champlain was deployed with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet and 4th Fleet areas of operation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)

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.

Details about the leave periods are described in NAVADMIN 151/18.

Based on a command’s readiness requirements, members on or within three months of a deployment will normally have to defer executing Primary and Secondary Caregiver Leave until return of the deployment. Commanding Officers, in extenuating circumstances and where operational requirements allow, may authorize members to take parental leave.

Navy’s parental leave program supports Sailor 2025’s goal of removing obstacles that negatively influence a Sailor’s decision to stay Navy when they are looking to start or raise a family.

Sailor 2025 is the Navy’s program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. It consists of approximately 45 living, breathing initiatives and is built on a framework of three pillars – a modern personnel system, a career learning continuum and career readiness.

More information on Sailor 2025 can be found at http://www.navy.mil/local/cnp/mptestratdesign.asp
For complete details on the parental leave program read NAVADMIN 151/18 at www.npc.navy.mil

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