US Navy extents maternity leave benefit

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The U.S. Navy Administration says, as promised, benefits for expecting and new mothers have been extended.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced on July 2 that women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps will will have 18 weeks of maternity leave. It’s available to use during the first year of the child’s life.

“We have incredibly talented women who want to serve, and they also want to be mothers and have the time to fulfill that important role the right way.” Mabus said. “We can do that for them. Meaningful maternity leave when it matters most is one of the best ways that we can support the women who serve our county. This flexibility is an investment in our people and our Services, and a safeguard against losing skilled service members.”

NAVADMIN outlines the guidance of how sailors can work with their commands to take advantage of the benefit, while aligning with operational commitments.

Sailors with questions should consult their chain of command or send an email to



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