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    ‘Chaos’ for Service Members and Spouses After Pentagon Misses Deadline for Parental Leave Policy

    service members and their spouses are growing angry after the Department of Defense missed its Jan. 1 deadline to release its parental leave guidelines, more than a year after plans for a policy were announced.

    Signed into law in December 2021, the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act required that all of the services provide paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers, giving the military branches until the end of 2022 to make the changes.

    Maj. Charlie Dietz, a Pentagon spokesman, told Military.com on Dec. 15 that the policy would be enacted “no later than Jan. 1, 2023.”

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    But as of Jan 3, no policy had been rolled out, and service members and their families were voicing frustration.

    “It's creating chaos on the planning for our newborn,” one active-duty Navy sailor, who spoke under condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, told Military.com.

    “Baby is due next week, and My Navy Career Center has no additional information to provide at this time,” the sailor said, referencing the Navy's human resources system.

    On Tuesday, Dietz told Military.com, “We are expecting that policy to be publicly released within the next week. Hopefully, this week.”

    But military families who are soon expecting children say the lack of guidance is causing them worry and stress.

    The policy…

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