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Paternity Leave for Army Soldiers

This new policy officially went into effect in October but I’m finding more and more people who aren’t aware of it. Just recently, I sat in on a blogger’s roundtable that gave more information about the policy and also allowed us to hear personal stories from soldiers who had utilized the policy.

In the past, it was up to the command to grant leave to soldier who became a father. Now, there is a policy in place that grants the new dad (whether for the first child or subsequent children) ten days of non-chargeable leave. The leave must be taken all at once and within 45 days of the baby’s birth. Since this has been passed, it is no longer up to command whether it should be granted – it is guaranteed leave for a new parent.

If the father is deployed overseas when the baby is born and unable to return for the birth, then the soldier can still take 10 days of non-chargeable leave upon his return to the states. In this situation, the leave should be taken within 60 days of redeployment.

Also, its important to note that this policy applies to fathers of new babies. Female soldiers who give birth fall under different leave policies as well as military families who are adopting a child. Kudos to those who pushed for this new policy. It is definitely a step in the right direction and ensures all new fathers will receive the same amount of time with their new family regardless of their unit or command.

from June 2009 MTTA Newsletter

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Renee July 28, 2010, 4:37 pm

    I thought I read a new policy where they get 21 days.. I know my husband found it last year when we adopted but have not been able to find it again.. do you know if this is still true and where can I find it for the Soldiers that I work for? Thank you.

    • Stacey July 28, 2010, 4:47 pm

      As far as I’m aware, it is only 10 days.

  • Martha August 17, 2010, 1:17 pm

    does this still apply if they’re in OSUT or AIT??

    • Stacey August 19, 2010, 8:36 am

      Good question. The policy only states that they must be on “active duty”.

  • Morgan March 26, 2011, 11:13 pm

    Since I don’t know what OSUT or AIT stands for, I might be repeating the above question, if so I’m sorry. My husband is set to be in Ranger School when our second is born, would he be able to get this leave or does the policy not apply to the men in various schools? I had no clue they had enstilled something like this, and was thinking the other night how they should. I’m glad they listened to my thoughts before I even had them! ;p

  • Stefani O'Rear January 4, 2013, 6:19 pm

    My husband will be at basic training when my little man arrives
    Many people are telling him he’ll get sent home, but i just don’t see it happening
    Do you know if this is true or not?

    • Stacey February 12, 2013, 7:27 pm

      Doubtful during basic training. I”m sorry.

  • Amanda March 14, 2013, 9:16 pm

    Hi as of 2013 do you know if this policy still applies?

    • Stacey March 27, 2013, 4:03 pm

      I’m not aware of any changes with the policy.

  • Shanna July 21, 2013, 10:23 pm

    Thank you for the info. My husband was to finish his AIT right before we had our baby, but his class date may not start for 2-6 weeks! :( So if all goes well maybe he can take that leave after. I know this sounds morbid, but my dr keeps reminding me we might not have a live birth. (My condition puts us at risk for losing the baby at any point.) Is the leave the same with a still birth?

    Thanks!

  • bay October 24, 2013, 5:32 am

    Is this the same if you aren’t married ?

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