The Marine Corps recently announced a significant change to its parental leave policy, expanding the amount of time off available to new parents. This policy will provide active duty Marines with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave for the birth or adoption of a child. It also represents an effort to make the Marine Corps more gender-inclusive and supportive of families. Let’s take a closer look at this important new policy.

In-depth Look at the Expanded Family Leave Policy

On Monday, the Marine Corps proudly unveiled its version of the comprehensive family leave policy, which enables Marines to take 12 weeks off from their duties following childbirth, adoption, or long-term foster care. 

With this change, Marines can spend more precious time with their newborns and newly adopted children without sacrificing their careers. This move is poised to positively impact countless military families in years to come.

The expanded parental leave policy applies to all active duty Marines who give birth or adopt a child, regardless of gender. The policy allows eligible Marines to take up paid family leave for any combination of parental leave, maternity convalescent leave, or adoption placement leave. In addition, Marines can use their regular annual and special leaves in conjunction with their parental leave.

To be eligible for this benefit, Marines must establish legal parentage before taking time off; if they cannot do so, they must still have been married when their child was born or adopted before being eligible for the benefit. Additionally, any dependent care expenses incurred during their initial 12-week period may be reimbursed by the Marine Corps.