Monday, May 11, 2009


I know a bunch of "will-be-daddy" guys and some soon-to-be mommas who will welcome this news!!

Paternity Leave

What is it?

The Army's new paternity leave policy gives fathers additional time to be with their families when a new child is born. The policy, which was signed into law under President George W. Bush on Oct. 14, grants married Soldiers up to 10 consecutive days of non-chargeable administrative leave after the birth of a child. Paternity leave must be taken within 45 days of the child's birth; deployed Soldiers must take the leave within 60 days after returning from deployment. Leave not taken within the established time frame will be lost.

Single Soldiers who father a child out-of-wedlock are not eligible for paternity leave.

What has the Army done?

The Army recognizes the importance of families being together during significant events such as the birth of a child. It has developed a flexible paternity leave policy that allows male Soldiers to support their spouses during the joyous, but possibly stressful, time of adjustment following the arrival of a new family member. It also provides Soldiers returning from deployments uninterrupted time with their child to begin building bonds that will last a lifetime.

The policy allows Soldiers who have taken annual leave in connection with the birth of a child since October 2008 to request up to 10 days of leave be restored/re-credited to their leave account. Soldiers must provide documentation to support their claim (e.g., DA Form 31 or LES) and submit it through the unit S1 or Personnel Administrative Center.

My question is, "Does this apply to adoptions as well?? (It should!)

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At 5/11/2009 10:44 PM , Blogger WVmedicgirl said...

I just wanted to say thank you for your blogs, I just stumbled upon your blog while searchign what I can write to two soldiers I recently "adopted" while they are in Iraq. One of them I have never heard back from but the other actually contacted me first and we email almost daily plus I write them both letters weekly and send them packages monthly. Do you have any unique ideas for what to send in a care package? I dont want to just send generalized stuff, but he said its just perfect... :)

At 5/12/2009 3:40 AM , Blogger Stacy said...

This is great. Can't wait to show the kids this.

At 5/12/2009 8:46 AM , Blogger Some Soldier's Mom said...


here's my regular "care package" list that has some fun ideas (like "theme" packages)

also, some of the things on the Christmas packages list -- like (tactical gloves, hats, socks -- SOCKS!, under shirts) and other stuff, food stuff, electronic stuff & gift cards), pillows... all good whenever deployed...

Thanks for taking the time to support our troops!! And just because that soldier doesn't write you back -- so long as you know he is still deployed -- don't give up! Keep writing.


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