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    Army Unveils New Parental Leave Policy After Long Debate on Denials

    Army Unveils New Parental Leave Policy After Long Debate on Denials

    The on Tuesday rolled out its long-anticipated parental leave policy a month after a congressionally mandated deadline, making it the last branch to comply with the law after a debate about who should be able to deny leave. But the largest service believes that extra time allowed it to craft a policy much stronger than those drafted by the other branches that almost guarantees the leave will be allowed.

    The policy grants 12 weeks of leave for mothers and fathers, including adoptive and foster parents on active duty or full-time Reserve of National Guard duty, according to an internal memo reviewed by Military.com ahead of its service-wide publication. That is in addition to any related convalescent leave. Soldiers can use the leave up to a year after the child is born or fostered, and it can be taken in a single block or in chunks.

    While those terms are consistent with what the other services have done, unlike other branches that gave denial authority to low-level commanders, the Army is giving them virtually no wiggle room to deny requests from birth parents, mandating that leave will be approved. For non-birth parents, only the first general in the chain of command can forbid parental leave. Non-birth parents include fathers, adoptive parents or soldiers who used a surrogate.

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