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    Army Still Working on Mandated Parental Leave Policy, Doesn’t Want to Have to ‘Redo It and Create Confusion’

    Army Still Working on Mandated Parental Leave Policy, Doesn’t Want to Have to ‘Redo It and Create Confusion’

    The has yet to release a parental leave policy, meaning new parents are in limbo as the service is one of the last branches to comply with the congressionally mandated changes.

    Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said at a town hall meeting with soldiers in Hawaii on Tuesday that tweaks still need to be made so the upcoming policy doesn't have unintended impacts on any existing leave rules.

    “The fact we haven't come out with a policy yet is on me,” Wormuth said. “This is a case where I think we have to measure twice and cut once. Our concern was, if we put out the policy quickly before we understood the implications, we would give bad guidance, have to redo it and create confusion.”

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    The new policy is set to give soldiers 12 weeks of parental leave for new mothers and fathers, including foster parents. That is on top of existing convalescent leave, which grants six weeks of leave to primary caregivers and three weeks for secondary caregivers.

    Army officials with direct knowledge of the policy plans told Military.com that soldiers will have parental leave in place this week, nearly a month after the congressional deadline. Two of those officials told Military.com that the Army needed to wait on the Pentagon to finalize the rules and that the workflow to develop policy isn't set up well enough to…

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