U.S. Navy triples paid maternity leave to 18 weeks

July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

Good news for women serving in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.: They’re now allowed to take 18 weeks of paid leave within one year of the birth of a child.

The change triples the amount of paid leave that female sailors and Marines were allowed to take before.

The reason for the increase is a desire to retain talented women who also want to have a family, said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who announced the change Thursday.

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