EXPANSION OF THE MILITARY PARENTAL LEAVE PROGRAM:
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NARR/ REF A IS TITLE 10 U.S.C. SECTION 701 OUTLINES THE AUTHORITY TO
EXPAND THE MILITARY PARENTAL LEAVE PROGRAM.
REF B IS UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PERSONNEL AND READINESS DIRECTIVE-
TYPE MEMORANDUM 23-001, EXPANSION OF THE MILITARY PARENTAL LEAVE PROGRAM.
REF C IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS)
DIRECTIVE-TYPE MEMORANDUM, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY GUIDANCE FOR EXPANSION OF
THE MILITARY PARENTAL LEAVE PROGRAM.
REF D IS NAVADMIN 151/18, MILITARY PARENTAL LEAVE PROGRAM.
REF E IS MILPERSMAN 1050-415, PARENTAL LEAVE PROGRAM.
REF F IS ALNAVRESFOR, NAVY RESERVE COMPONENT MATERNITY LEAVE POLICY AND
REF G IS OPNAVINST 1754.4A, NAVY ADOPTION REIMBURSEMENT POLICY.
REF H IS OPNAVINST 6110.1K, PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM.
REF I IS MILPERSMAN 1050-180, CONVALESCENT LEAVE.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the expansion of the Military
Parental Leave Program in line with references (a) through (c).
This NAVADMIN cancels reference (d) and supersedes reference (e).
Reference (f) is unaffected by this guidance.
2. Effective 27 December 2022, reference (b) implements 12 weeks of
non-chargeable leave for all Active Component (AC) members, Reserve
Component (RC) members who perform full-time active duties for
longer than 12 consecutive months, and RC members performing duty
under a call or order to active service for more than 12 consecutive
months. In the event of a live birth, 12 weeks of non-chargeable
leave is authorized for the birth parent and non-birth parent. For
the birth parent, the 12 weeks is in addition to convalescent leave
authorized by a medical provider and approved by a member's
commanding officer (CO). The 12 weeks of non-chargeable leave is
also authorized for qualifying adoptions and long-term foster
situations and may be taken in one increment or multiple increments.
If taken in multiple increments, each increment must be for at least
7 days. Unless extended in line with reference (b), parental leave
expires 1 year after the qualifying event.
3. The Navy parental leave program will be executed in line with
reference (b). Read reference (b) in its entirety. Guidance
contained in this NAVADMIN is to be used as a supplement to
4. Proof of Parentage for the Non-birth Parent: Paragraph 2.b.(2)
of reference (b) requires proof of parentage for non-birth parents
to qualify for parental leave. Examples of proof of parentage
a. being listed, with consent, as a parent on the birth
certificate of the child or other government issued document,
b. acknowledgement in writing of an obligation to support the
child, either by voluntary agreement or court order, or
c. registration, or pending registration, in the Defense
Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).
5. Qualifying Adoption. In addition to the definition of an
adoption in reference (b), a qualifying adoption is one that
qualifies for reimbursement of adoption expenses in line with
6. Appeal Process if Incremental Parental Leave is disapproved.
Paragraph 3.a.(1) of reference (b) requires establishment of an
elective appeal process if a CO disapproves a request to take
parental leave in more than one increment. Members may appeal
disapproval to the Immediate Superior in Command of their respective
7. Requesting Parental Leave: The appropriate category of parental
leave must be requested through e-Leave in Navy Standard Integrated
Personnel System (NSIPS). NSIPS, to include NSIPS Web Afloat, will
be updated to reflect the expanded Military Parental Leave. The
following procedures will be used for requesting parental leave in
NSIPS until the update is completed:
a. Select Primary Caregiver Leave (PCL) and the appropriate
absence reason in block 12a. If the parental leave is for placement
of a child in long-term foster care, the absence reason is to be
b. Requests for parental leave that exceed 42 days must be
submitted as separate PCL periods.
c. Leave approvers are responsible for ensuring parental leave
is approved within the limits outlined in this NAVADMIN to include
maintaining record of a members parental leave balance for each
8. Navy-wide Advancement Exam (NWAE). Parental leave is an
authorized reason for ordering a substitute exam when the leave does
not permit administration on the regularly scheduled NWAE date under
and within guidelines, limitations, and timelines outlined in
published exam cycle messages.
9. Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA):
a. The authorized deferment period from participating in the PFA
as listed in reference (h), or any future PFA update, begins from
the time a health care provider confirms the member is pregnant
until the end of 12 months following the member giving birth to a
b. Utilization of parental leave by the non-birth parent is not
justification for non-participation in PFAs.
10. No member will be disadvantaged in their career, including
limitations in their assignments (except where members voluntarily
agree to accept an assignment limitation), performance appraisals,
or selection for professional military education or training, solely
because they take any of the non-chargeable leave outlined herein.
11. Additional information, including reference (b), can be found
Point of contact for this matter is the office of Pay and Allowances
(OPNAV N130C) and can be reached via e-mail at
12. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or
canceled. Updates to references (e) and (i) reflecting the changes
in this NAVADMIN will be released at a later date.
13. Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.//
Official source for this NAVADMIN