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Pentagon extends maternity and paternity leave for military families

Pentagon extends maternity and paternity leave for military families

Defense Sec. Ashton B. Carter announced a series of initiatives on Thursday designed to make the military a more family-friendly employer, extending maternity leave across the force and expanding access to child care and expensive reproductive technologies.

"As we introduce today's reforms, our calculation is quite simple," Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. "We want our people to be able to balance two of the most solemn commitments they could ever make: a commitment to serve their country and a commitment to start and support a family.

As part of the new measures, the Pentagon will now provide 12 continuous weeks of paid maternity leave for all uniformed...

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