POLICY FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF PREGNANT SAILORS AND SAILORS WHO EXPERIENCE PERINATAL LOSS:
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EXPERIENCE PERINATAL LOSS//
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NARR/REF A IS MILPERSMAN 1300-1306, ACTIVE DUTY PREGNANCY POLICY AND
REF B IS MILPERSMAN 1306-1704, AVAILABILITY PROCESSING - DATA ITEM
DESCRIPTIONS AND REMARKS FOR REPORT SUMISSIONS.
REF C IS OPNAVINST 1300.21, ENLISTED MANNING POLICY AND PROCEDURES.
REF D IS OPNAVINST 6000.1D, NAVY GUIDELINES CONCERNING PREGNANCY AND
REF E IS ALNAV 017/23, PREGNANCY NOTIFICATION POLICY.
REF F IS NAVADMIN 058/23, NAVY SUPPLEMENTAL GUIDANCE TO COMMAND NOTIFICATION
OF PREGNANCY POLICY, ADMINISTRATIVE ABSENCE AND TRAVEL FOR NON-COVERED
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE.
REF G IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1327.06, LEAVE AND LIBERTY POLICY
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN changes policy and procedures for the assignment of
pregnant Service Members in accordance with references (a), (b), and
(c). Pregnancy is a natural event that can occur in the lives of
Sailors. Pregnant Sailors are fully participating members of our Navy team
and deserve every opportunity to continue their careers and advancement
progression while serving our country.
2. Effective immediately, upon official command notification of pregnancy
consistent with references (d) and (e), and submission of reassignment
availability, pregnant Sailors will be re-assigned to fill a valid manpower
requirement. Operational deferment (shore duty) orders will be written for a
minimum of 24-months with a detach date approximately 30-days from receipt of
the availability report. Once shore orders are executed, Sailors will be
expected to complete their shore tour regardless of pregnancy status.
a. Operational units. Pregnant Sailors serving in a sea duty billet
will receive operational deferment orders and be transferred to a shore duty
billet to fill a valid manpower requirement, wherever possible.
(1) Upon official notification of a Sailor's pregnancy status,
consistent with guidance in references (d) and (e), sea duty activities are
required to submit a reassignment due to pregnancy and post-partum
availability report via Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) for
enlisted and via the community detailer for officers to include the following
(a) 20th week of pregnancy date
(b) Estimated date of delivery
(c) Any factor(s) or limitation(s) that should be considered in
the assignment process.
(2) Pregnant Sailors may request a waiver to remain onboard
operational commands for the duration of the pregnancy and post- partum
period to include any convalescent and parental leave. This
operational deferment waiver must include endorsements from the
Service Member, the commanding officer or officer in charge, and the
health care provider. The waiver request will be submitted via
salesforce for enlisted and to the community detailer for officers.
Individual detailers will have final approval.
(3) Sailors on their operational deferment (shore tour)
will be issued a PRD that is 12-months post-delivery per reference
(a). Sailors will rotate at their PRD and they are directed to
begin orders negotiation 12-months prior to their PRD via the normal
MNA process for enlisted and through the detailer for officers.
Upon selection for a sea duty assignment, Sailors will be issued
orders to sea duty for a full sea tour. Sea duty served immediately
prior to the operational deferment is not credited to the new full
b. Shore units. Pregnant Sailors assigned to shore duty that
are within 13-months of their Projected Rotation Date (PRD) may
extend onboard their current command or move to another command
within the geographic location to fill a valid manpower requirement.
If there is not a suitable, valid manpower requirement meeting
pregnant Sailors' needs, NPC will work to send Sailors to a command
in a non-refillable excess position where continued community and/or
rating development and mentorship is available.
c. Pregnant Sailors assigned in excess may be transferred to
another command within the same geographic region, if a valid
manpower requirement is identified which allows the Sailor a career
d. Sailors may request to cancel their post-partum operational
deferment in order to return to an operational command (TAC C or D
(officers) or type duty 2 or 4 (enlisted)). Requests must be
initiated by the Service Member, in line with reference (f), using
Officer Personnel Action Request (NAVPERS 1301/85) or Enlisted
Personnel Action Request (NAVPERS 1306/7).
e. For assistance or further information, please contact your
4. Perinatal Loss.
a. Perinatal Loss (miscarriage or stillbirth): If a Sailor has
not executed their shore orders and has experienced a perinatal
loss, sea duty activities are required to submit a termination of
pregnancy tour requirement (DY) availability report via the
community detailer for officers and via NSIPS for enlisted. Upon
receipt of the DY availability report, orders will be cancelled and
the Sailor will remain onboard the current activity through their
b. Convalescent Leave following Perinatal Loss. Perinatal loss
presents significant risk to Sailor readiness if returning to duty
before fully recovered. Sailors who experience perinatal loss may
be granted convalescent leave with guidance from their health care
provider in line with medical practice standards and consistent with
reference (g). Significant consideration should be given to the
overarching emotional impact of loss when determining amount of
convalescent leave granted. Convalescent leave is intended to
provide time for appropriate recovery from a medical condition.
5. Fleet activities seeking an exemption to receive pregnant
Sailors onboard for mission or industrial hygiene reasons should
submit requests providing justification via endorsement by their
Immediate Superior in Command, Type Commander or Budget Submitting
Office, and Fleet readiness integrator to Career Management Pillar
(PERS-4) for review and final disposition.
6. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
7. Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.//