Sunday, October 25, 2015
From Medina County Gazette:
The Navy’s top officer said Tuesday the service is considering extending paternity leave for new fathers.
The Navy currently awards married fathers up to 10 days of paid leave upon the birth of a child. In July, the Navy tripled paid maternity leave for female sailors and Marines to 18 weeks.
A female sailor asked Navy Adm. John Richardson during a meeting with hundreds of service members at a Pearl Harbor pier whether the Navy might increase paternity leave as well.
Richardson said it was something officials in Washington were now discussing.
Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens called about 10 sailors who became new fathers within the past year to the front of the pier and asked them how much paternity leave the Navy should offer.
The group quickly discussed the issue, and then replied their consensus was that the Navy should give 30 days of paternity leave.
Richardson said he’ll take that opinion back to Washington.
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