ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) —
The Division of the Air Power introduced the growth of the Army Parental Depart Program for Airmen and Guardians through steerage memorandum, which mirrors the Division of Protection’s Directive-type Memorandum 23-001 – “Growth of the Army Parental Depart Program.”
Efficient Dec. 27, 2022, the up to date coverage authorizes start mother and father 12 weeks of parental depart following a provider-recommended interval of convalescent depart and non-birth mother and father 12 weeks of depart following the start of their baby. The coverage additionally grants adoptive mother and father and eligible foster mother and father 12 weeks of parental depart.
Beforehand, start mother and father acquired six weeks of parental depart following their convalescent depart, and non-birth mother and father acquired 21 days.
The growth is in accordance with the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act for Fiscal Yr 2022. It additionally builds on the DoD’s help of army households and repair members by streamlining and enhancing the parental depart profit for energetic and reserve element service members (on energetic obligation for 12 months or extra) who give start, undertake a baby or present long-term foster care.
Members who had been on maternity convalescent depart or caregiver depart on Dec. 27, 2022, earlier than the brand new coverage went into impact, will even obtain the expanded profit.
Each the start and non-birth mother and father can take the depart administered in accordance with the insurance policies and procedures outlined within the DAFGM. The growth of the MPLP, which applies to all eligible service members as of Dec. 27, 2022, takes priority over earlier DoD issuances and repair rules.
The DAFGM is situated right here.
Further FAQs are situated right here.
EXAMPLE 1. A service member adopted a baby on Dec. 27, 2022. This member is eligible to take as much as 12 weeks of non-chargeable depart in accordance with DAFGM2023-01 para 18.104.22.168.2.
EXAMPLE 2. A service member designated as the first caregiver is granted 6 weeks of maternity convalescent depart following the start of a kid and makes use of solely 3 of the 6 weeks as of Dec. 27, 2022. Because the member can have unused caregiver depart as of Dec. 27, 2022, they’d be eligible to transition to the expanded parental depart coverage and take as much as 12 weeks of non-chargeable depart after convalescent depart ends in accordance with DAFGM2023-01 para 22.214.171.124.2.
EXAMPLE 3. An Airman adopted a baby on Nov. 25, 2022, then began secondary caregiver depart on Dec. 15, 2022. Because the Airman took depart in a consecutive increment from Dec. 15, 2022, to Dec. 26, 2022 (12 days), the remaining caregiver depart days mechanically transformed to 72 days on Dec. 27, 22 (84 days – 12 =72 days) and may be taken in a number of increments of seven days or extra. The member should take the remaining 72 days by Nov. 24, 2023, or forfeit the depart.
EXAMPLE 4. A service member designated as a secondary caregiver makes use of 2 of the three weeks of caregiver depart as of Dec. 27, 2022. With the service member having unused caregiver depart as of Dec 27, 2022, they’d be eligible to transition to the expanded parental depart coverage and take as much as 10 weeks of non-chargeable depart, as they beforehand took 2 weeks.
EXAMPLE 5. A service member designated as the first caregiver makes use of 5 of the 6 weeks of caregiver depart as of Dec. 27, 2022. Because the service member has unused caregiver depart as of Dec. 27, 2022, they’d be capable of take 7 weeks of parental depart, for five weeks had been beforehand taken.
EXAMPLE 6. A service member didn’t take the entire approved caregiver depart in a single increment. The remaining caregiver depart wouldn’t convert to the MPLP as a result of any depart taken underneath the earlier caregiver depart coverage might solely be taken at one time and was forfeited when the depart interval ended; a number of depart occasions weren’t approved.
EXAMPLE 7. A Guardian had a baby Jan. 15, 2022, however didn’t take secondary caregiver depart but. The three weeks of caregiver depart converts to 12 weeks of parental depart on Dec. 27, 2022. nonetheless, underneath MPLP, members should take parental depart inside one 12 months. All unused depart not taken by Jan. 14, 2023, is forfeited.
EXAMPLE 8. A service member fostered a baby on Dec. 1, 2022. Service members who foster a baby previous to Dec. 27, 2022, don’t qualify for the expanded parental depart coverage as a result of foster care was not eligible for the MPLP underneath the earlier caregiver depart coverage.