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SUBJ/MILITARY PARENTAL LEAVE PROGRAM//
NARR/REF A IS UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PERSONNEL AND READINESS
DIRECTIVE-TYPE MEMORANDUM, PARENTAL LEAVE FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL IN
CONNECTION WITH THE BIRTH OR ADOPTION OF A CHILD. REF B IS ASSISTANT
SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS) DIRECTIVE-TYPE
MEMORANDUM, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY GUIDANCE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
MILITARY PARENTAL LEAVE PROGRAM. REF C IS DODI 1327.06, LEAVE AND LIBERTY
POLICY AND PROCEDURES. REF D IS NAVPERS 15560D, NAVAL MILITARY PERSONNEL
MANUAL. REF E IS OPNAVINST 1754.4A, NAVY ADOPTION REIMBURSEMENT POLICY.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN establishes the Navy Parental Leave Program policy in
line with references (a) through (c), and replaces MILPERSMAN articles of
reference (d) 1050-420 (Adoption Leave), 1050-430 (Paternity Leave), and
1050-435 (Maternity Leave) with MILPERSMAN 1050-415 (Military Parental Leave
Program) for release in the near future.
2. The Military Parental Leave Program (MPLP) replaces current adoption,
paternity, and maternity leave with primary caregiver (PC) leave, secondary
caregiver (SC) leave, and maternity convalescent leave (MCL). Members
designated as the PC for a birth or qualifying adoption are eligible for 6
weeks of non-chargeable PC Leave (PCL).
Members designated as the SC for a birth or qualifying adoption are eligible
for 2 weeks of non-chargeable SC Leave (SCL). Members who give birth are
entitled to 6 weeks of non-chargeable MCL. If a member is given MCL in
excess of 6 weeks, their PCL is reduced day for day.
3. MPLP applies to all active component (AC) members and all reserve
component (RC) members who were performing active duties, or mobilized more
than 12 continuous months and were party to a qualifying birth event (QBE) or
qualifying adoption (QA) on or after 23 December 2016. A QBE is defined as a
live birth. A QA is defined as an adoption that qualifies for reimbursement
of adoption expenses in line with reference (e).
4. MCL is a 6-week (42-day), non-chargeable leave period for the
birthparent, commencing the first full day following the discharge and
release of the member from the hospital (or similar facility) following a QBE
and is intended for the medical recovery of the birthparent. MCL must be
executed in one increment and completed before commencing PCL. Any medically
required extensions of MCL will be deducted from PCL.
5. PCL is a 6-week (42-day), non-chargeable leave period for the PC
following a QBE or qualifying adoption (QA). PCL will be granted to the
parent designated with primary responsibility for caring for the birthed or
adopted child(ren). PCL must be executed in one increment. For a QBE, by
default, the PC will be the parent who physically gives birth to one or
multiple live children in a 72-hour period. For a QA, by default, the PC
will be the non-military parent, or in the case of dual military couples, the
member who is serving in the least operational position. The commanding
officer (CO) of the member has the authority to designate PC status on a
case-by-case basis when it can be demonstrated that the default PC is
unavailable to administer the necessary care to the child (e.g.,
incapacitation, dual military couples, death, or other circumstances where
the military parent must act as PC.) For dual military couples, only one PC
and SC will be authorized per QBE or QA. Under normal situations PC
designations should be made 60 days prior to the QBE or QA and documented on
Administrative Remarks NAVPERS 1070/613 (commonly known as a Page 13).
6. SCL is a 2-week (14-day), non-chargeable leave period for the SC
following a QBE or QA. SCL will be granted to the parent not designated as
the PC. SCL must be executed in a consecutive block.
Under normal situations SC designations should be made 60 days prior to the
QBE or QA and documented on NAVPERS 1070/613.
7. Authorized PCL or SCL that is not commenced within 1 year from the QBE or
QA will expire. Any period of deferral of PCL or SCL under this NAVADMIN due
to an operational deployment shall not be counted against expiration dates.
No member will be designated as both PC and SC for any QBE or QA.
8. For a QBE of a child(ren) born outside of a marriage, the member who does
not give birth is required to establish proof of parentage.
Proof of parentage may include, but is not limited to:
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).
9. Deployed members or members within 3 months of deployment will normally
be required to defer PCL/SCL until completion of the deployment. However, in
some cases where extraordinary and compelling circumstances exist, COs may
approve immediate SCL or PCL.
If PCL/SCL was deferred until the completion of deployment, upon approval by
the CO, and only after being designated as PC/SC, the member may use PCL or
10. There are two retroactive periods covered by MPLP.
a. Sailors who had a QBE or QA from 23 December 2016 to 22 March 2018
have 18 months from the QBE or QA, to commence PCL or SCL. Sailors that had
QBE or QA on or after 23 March 2018 have 12 months from the QBE or QA to
commence PCL or SCL. The following conditions apply to retroactive MPLP:
(1) Members who executed or are executing the 12 weeks of Maternity
Leave authorized in MILPERSMAN 1050-435 will be considered the PC and will
not be authorized additional MCL, PCL, or SCL.
(2) Members who executed 10 days of Parental Leave or 21 days of
Adoption Leave authorized in MILPERSMAN 1050-420 and 1050-430 may be
retroactively designated as PC or SC and are, respectively, entitled to a
total of 42-days or 14-days of non- chargeable leave. Members may elect to
execute any remaining PCL or SCL, or have any regular annual leave executed
in conjunction with the parental or adoption leave reimbursed not to exceed
the PCL or SCL days authorized. Any reimbursed leave days in line with this
election will not qualify for special leave accrual.
b. Commands may contact OPNAV N130C for guidance concerning members who,
in extreme circumstances, cannot commence PCL or SCL within the allotted
11. Members who are no longer on active duty will not be authorized
entitlements outlined herein or following instruction updates.
Leave recalculations are not authorized.
12. Birthparent members who do not retain custody of the child(ren) are not
covered under the MPLP but are eligible for regular convalescent leave as
prescribed by their health care provider.
13. Neither AC members nor RC members will be extended on active duty for
the purposes of taking PCL or SCL. Members can be extended on active service
following a QBE when determined medically necessary by a competent medical
14. Special Leave Accrual is not authorized due to excess leave earned
during MCL, PCL, or SCL.
15. 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.
16. MCL, PCL, and SCL must be requested through e-Leave in Navy Standard
Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS). Until NSIPS is fully updated to include
the MCL, PCL, and SCL options requests should be selected as *Convalescent*
with full annotation in the comment section clarifying purpose for leave
either MCL, PCL, or SCL. Leave approvers will be responsible for ensuring
that PC and SC designations are correct and that parental leave does not
exceed the MCL, PCL, or SCL limits outlined in this NAVADMIN. Commands not
on e-Leave with NSIPS will manually track MCL, PCL, and SCL until the command
begins using e-Leave.
17. Point of contact for this matter is LT David Rapoff, OPNAV N130C2, at
(703) 604-5477/DSN 664, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
18. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//