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    The Latest Document the Military Is Hiding Behind Handling Rules: Parental Leave

    The Latest Document the Military Is Hiding Behind Handling Rules: Parental Leave

    By the end of January, the Pentagon was due to brief Congress on whether the has been abusing a set of document rules, a categorization known as Controlled Unclassified Information, or CUI, to shield nonsensitive information from public scrutiny.

    And on Tuesday, Jan. 31, the completed work on its new parental leave policy, marking it CUI. All the other services' policies setting the 12 weeks of parental leave mandated by Congress published over the past month are publicly available.

    It's an example of how the CUI label is being applied inconsistently and, some critics argue, arbitrarily to keep some documents from being broadly shared.

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    Another set of policy changes related to parenthood released by the Army last year is not behind a CUI stamp.

    The new parental leave rules were shared with soldiers through an All Army Activities, or ALARACT, message. Those are broadly a format in which guidance is issued to the . A review of dozens of recently released ALARACTs by Military.com showed all of them were marked CUI, including new rules allowing soldiers to wear name plates on formal uniforms.

    A review of Army policy on publishing ALARACTs made no mention they are to be marked CUI by default, and there are also other methods of passing guidance down to the rank and file.

    The Army did not respond to…

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