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    Sailors Can Finally Use New Family Leave Policy After Weeks of Delays, While Soldiers Still Wait

    Sailors Can Finally Use New Family Leave Policy After Weeks of Delays, While Soldiers Still Wait

    On Thursday, the Navy finally released its formal policy memo outlining new parental leave benefits built into a federal law that went into effect at the beginning of the month.

    The memo details how sailors can make use of increased time off, while also giving the Marine Corps the green light to provide guidance to its service members. Soldiers, however, are still waiting for the to release its own memo that would set up its expanded parental leave program.

    According to an administrative message to the , the new Navy policy will allow sailors who gave birth, adopted or accepted a long-term foster child to take 12 weeks of parental leave in addition to the usual six weeks of convalescent leave for those who gave birth.

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    It's an expansion of the prior policy, which gave new moms the same six weeks of convalescent leave for giving birth or adopting and six weeks of parental leave. Those who took in a foster child were not eligible.

    Additionally, the new policy now gives 12 weeks of parental leave to the parent who did not give birth or is not considered the primary caregiver.

    “Navy family members are an integral part of our Navy Force, and the parental leave policy provide needed time for our Navy families to bond,” the Navy's chief of personnel, Vice Adm. Rick Cheeseman, said in a press release. “This is the…

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