Posted on Mar 30, 2018
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I have a buddy who is in a non-combat Zone and his wife is 7 months pregnant with their first child. The Army loves to put an emphasis on family and how important it is, but I'm being told that there is a very strong possibility that he will not be granted paternity leave to come home for the birth. Should soldiers be automatically granted paternity leave unless in a combat zone?
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SPC David Willis
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Yes, short of being deployed or currently involved in an investigation. It needs to be approved. If this guy doesn't get it approved in 2 years a retention NCO will be scratching his head wondering why he wont reenlist...
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SPC David Willis
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I also think you should be allowed to go into the hole as many days as will be made up by ETS date.
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Leave is never automatically granted because the mission comes first, it's up to the commander to determine if the mission can be met without the SM. It's not what anyone wants to hear, but that's the way it is. What does need to happen, paternity leave needs to be put in the AR, not using a MILPER from 2014 or 15.
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SFC Christopher Taggart
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If he was at "the scene of the crime", unless he's deployed, why not, he's the father of the child.
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