Friday, January 6, 2023
Members of the Military will Now Get 12 Weeks of Parental Leave
Military Members Will Now Get 12 Weeks of Parental Leave
Members of the military will now get 12 weeks of parental leave, doubling the previous amount, after a memorandum from the Department of Defense went into effect Wednesday.
The 12 weeks are for both birthing and non-birthing parents, which includes parents of recently adopted children and members who use surrogates, and applies to parents of children born or adopted after Dec. 27, 2022.
Eligible members must be in active or reserve duty for at least 12 months.
Parents giving birth will also receive a period of convalescence to recover from labor "if such leave is specifically recommended, in writing, by the health care provider of the birth parent to address a diagnosed medical condition and is approved by the unit commander," the memo states.