Paternity leave allowed by the Department of the Army New Regulation...

Leslie - posted on 04/13/2009 ( no moms have responded yet )

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My husband is currently stationed in Iraq. I am 9 months pregnant and went to an appointment with the New Parent support at ACS on Fort Gordon Georgia. The woman I spoke with told me that my husband is allowed 10 days leave in association with the birth of our child based on a new regulation the Army has approved. I have talked to several people in my husband's unit and they had no Idea what she was refering to. I called back and asked her to forward information on it to me. I am including this to all of you incase you can use it....



THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT BY THE PENTAGON TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTER ON

BEHALF OF DA WASHINGTON DC//DAPE-PR//



SUBJ: ARMY GUIDANCE FOR PATERNITY LEAVE AUTH BY DUNCAN HUNTER NATL DEF

AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009 (PUB L. 110-417)



1. REFERENCES:



A. DUNCAN HUNTER NDAA FOR FY 2009, (PUB L. 110-417), 14 OCTOBER 2008



B. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1327.6, LEAVE AND LIBERTY PROCEDURES,

APRIL 22, 2005



C. AR 600-8-10, LEAVES AND PASSES, 15 FEBRUARY 2006



D. TITLE 10, UNITED STATES CODE (USC)



2. EXPIRATION: CANNOT BE DETERMINED.



3. PURPOSE: THIS MESSAGE ANNOUNCES ARMY GUIDANCE FOR PATERNITY LEAVE

AUTHORIZED BY THE RECENT CHANGE TO LAW (TITLE 10) CONTAINED IN REFERENCE A

ABOVE. ON 14 OCTOBER 2008 THE PRESIDENT SIGNED THE NDAA FOR FY 2009 TO

AUTHORIZE 10 DAYS OF PATERNITY LEAVE TO BE USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE BIRTH

OF A CHILD. PATERNITY LEAVE MAY BE GRANTED IN ADDITION TO OTHER LEAVE

AUTHORIZED.



4. APPLICABILITY: PATERNITY LEAVE IS ONLY AUTHORIZED FOR A MARRIED SOLDIER

ON ACTIVE DUTY, TO INCLUDE TITLE 10 AND TITLE 32 ACTIVE GUARD AND RESERVE

(AGR) DUTY, WHOSE WIFE GIVES BIRTH TO A CHILD ON OR AFTER 14 OCTOBER 2008.

PATERNITY LEAVE IS A NON-CHARGEABLE ADMINISTRATIVE ABSENCE. PATERNITY LEAVE

LEGISLATION CANNOT BE APPLIED TO SINGLE SOLDIERS FATHERING A CHILD OUT OF

WEDLOCK.



5. PATERNITY LEAVE WILL NOT EXCEED 10 DAYS, AND MUST BE TAKEN CONSECUTIVELY

AND WITHIN 45 DAYS AFTER THE BIRTH OF THE CHILD. THIS AUTHORIZED ABSENCE

(NON-CHARGEABLE PATERNITY LEAVE) IS APPLICABLE TO SINGLE PREGNANCIES, TO

INCLUDE THOSE THAT RESULT IN MULTIPLE BIRTHS (TWINS, TRIPLETS, ETC.).

DEPLOYED SOLDIERS HAVE 60 DAYS AFTER RETURNING FROM DEPLOYMENT TO UTILIZE

THE 10 DAYS OF PATERNITY LEAVE. IF NOT USED WITHIN THE ESTABLISHED TIME

FRAME LEAVE IS LOST.



6. COMMANDERS, SUPERVISORS AND LEAVE APPROVAL AUTHORITIES MUST ENSURE THE

FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS INCLUDED IN BLOCK 17 (REMARKS) ON THE DA FORM 31

(REQUEST AND AUTHORITY FOR LEAVE) FOR ACTIVE DUTY MARRIED SOLDIERS

REQUESTING LEAVE IN CONNECTION WITH THE BIRTH OF A CHILD. "I AM REQUESTING

PATERNITY LEAVE IN CONNECTION WITH THE BIRTH OF MY CHILD. I UNDERSTAND THAT

BY LAW PATERNITY LEAVE IS ONLY AUTHORIZED FOR MARRIED SOLDIERS ON ACTIVE

DUTY, WHOSE WIFE HAS GIVEN BIRTH TO A CHILD ON OR AFTER 14 OCTOBER 2008.

__________ SOLDIER'S INITIALS"



7. SOLDIERS CHARGED ANNUAL LEAVE IN CONNECTION WITH THE BIRTH OF THEIR CHILD

AFTER 14 OCTOBER 2008, BUT BEFORE THIS ARMY GUIDANCE WAS RELEASED MAY

REQUEST THAT THE 10 DAYS OF ANNUAL LEAVE BE RESTORED/RE-CREDITED TO THEIR

LEAVE ACCOUNT. WHEN REQUESTING REINSTATEMENT OF 10 DAYS PATERNITY LEAVE, A

SOLDIER MUST PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION (E.G. DA FORM 31 OR LEAVE AND EARNING

STATEMENT (LES) SHOWING THAT THEY HAVE BEEN CHARGED 10 DAYS LEAVE DUE TO THE

BIRTH OF THEIR CHILD. THE SOLDIER MUST INFORM THE SUPPORTING BATTALION S-1

OR PERSONNEL ADMININISTRATION CENTER (PAC) TO CORRECT THE ORIGINAL DA FORM

31, PER CHAPTER 12 OF AR 600-8-10, SECTION XIII, TO REFLECT THAT THIS WAS AN

APPROVED NON-CHARGEABLE ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. THE DA 31 SHOULD THEN BE

SUBMITTED VIA A TRANSMITTAL LETTER TO THE SUPPORTING DEFENSE MILITARY PAY

OFFICE (DMPO) TO MAKE THE ADJUSTMENT TO THE SOLDIER?S PAY RECORD.



8. ARMY POLICY GUIDANCE ON PATERNITY LEAVE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE NEXT

UPDATE/REVISION OF ARMY REGULATION 600-8-10, LEAVES AND PASSES.



9. THE ARMY STAFF POINTS OF CONTACT ARE MR. BOSKO, DSN 222-5945 OR

COMMERCIAL (703) 692-5945, EMAIL IS VICTOR.BOSKO@HQDA.ARMY.MIL, LTC

VOITHOFER, DSN 222-6889 OR COMMERCIAL (703) 692-6889, EMAIL IS

MATTHEW.VOITHOFER@HQDA.ARMY.MIL.



10. THE ARMY HUMAN RESOURCES COMMAND FUNCTIONAL PROPONENT IS MS. MCCLELLAND,

DSN 221-9005 OR COMMERCIAL (703) 325-9005, EMAIL IS

BRENDA.MCCLELLAND@CONUS.ARMY.MIL.











Sherry Morgan, CSW

Army Community Services - FAP

New Parent Support Program



Office-706-910-0468

Fax-706-791-7880



E-Mail: sherry.morgan1@us.army.mil

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