Air Force extends number of parental leave days

The U.S. Air Force has announced that it will be adding more days for parents to stay home after the adoption or birth of a child.

Effective immediately, military spouses will receive 21 days of paid parental, up from 10 days under the previous policy.

There are the three forms of non-chargeable leave under the new policy: maternity convalescent leave, primary caregiver leave and secondary caregiver leave.

It gives maternity convalescent leave and primary caregiver leave six weeks (42 days), and secondary caregiver leave three weeks (21 days). Every birth mother will have convalescent leave, and caregiver leave is given in addition to the convalescent leave.

For all three types of parental leave, the allotted time off must be taken all at once after the birth or the adoption, primary and secondary caregiver leave can be taken at any time within the first year of the qualifying event.

The new policy applies to Total Force Airmen who are birth mothers and fathers, same-sex couples, as well as adoptive and surrogate parents.

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