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NEWS | Aug. 10, 2015

Navy maternity leave guidance released

By Chief of Naval Personnel

As promised in the July 2, 2015 ALNAV release, NAVADMIN 182/15 announced Navy specific maternity leave information for expecting and new mothers since the start of the new year.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced on July 2, 2015 that effective immediately, women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps will have 18 weeks of maternity leave available to use during the first year of her child's life.

"We have incredibly talented women who want to serve, and they also want to be mothers and have the time to fulfill that important role the right way." Mabus said. "We can do that for them. Meaningful maternity leave when it matters most is one of the best ways that we can support the women who serve our county. This flexibility is an investment in our people and our Services, and a safeguard against losing skilled service members."

The guidance outlined in the NAVADMIN outlines how Sailors can work with their commands to take advantage of this benefit, while still aligning with operational commitments.

For more information, read the NAVADMIN.

Sailors with questions should consult their chain of command or send an email to

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