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    Military Families Stressed by Delay in Parental Leave Rules from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps

    Military Families Stressed by Delay in Parental Leave Rules from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps

    One day after the Pentagon issued the long-awaited parental leave policy, the Air Force and Space Force implemented the guidance, allowing airmen and Guardians to take advantage of the time off almost immediately.

    But the , Navy and Marine Corps were still in a holding pattern Friday, leaving thousands of service members who are planning to grow their families in limbo. Most troops will have to use existing leave policies.

    “The Army's implementation guidance is being finalized and we expect it to be published in the near future,” Madison Bonzo, an Army spokesperson, told .com in a statement. “Eligible soldiers may continue to request leave under the previous parenthood, pregnancy, and post-partum policy and, when the policy is published, they may extend their leave accordingly.”

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    The Navy was still working to implement its guidance for sailors. That delay was, in turn, holding up the Marine Corps. Military.com requested comment from the Navy, but it did not respond Friday.

    The Marine Corps is “implementing guidance for the expansion of the military parental leave program [which] is in final development and will be published once approved for release,” Maj. Jordan Cochran, a Marine Corps spokesman, told Military.com on Friday.

    Cochran's statement also highlighted the fact that the Corps needs the Navy to put out its policy so that it…

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