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?
Posted >1 y ago
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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