SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"They serve and sacrifice in their own way. So it's important that we recognize their vital role in our community - not just once a year. Military spouses make positive differences every day, a fact we recognize and honor this week."
- Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III, commander of U.S. Army Africa
U.S. Army Africa honors military spouses
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"A lot of times you will have to make sacrifices, but hang in there and maintain your motivation. You are Sustaining Soldiers; you are working for a great cause."
- First Sgt. Keith Edwards , 51st Transportation Co., 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, awarded the "Honorable Order of St. Christopher" medallion
Transportation first sergeant awarded St. Christopher medallion
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Early Bird News Site
- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- 2009 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2009 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
2009: Year of the NCO
2009: Year of the Military Family
2009: 100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant
- National Mental Health Month
- National Military Appreciation Month
- Asia Pacific American Heritage Month
May 6: 2009 Army Birthday Ball Registration is Open
May 8-10 : Best Ranger Competition
What is it?
The Army's new paternity leave policy gives fathers additional time to be with their families when a new child is born. The policy, which was signed into law under President George W. Bush on Oct. 14, grants married Soldiers up to 10 consecutive days of non-chargeable administrative leave after the birth of a child. Paternity leave must be taken within 45 days of the child's birth; deployed Soldiers must take the leave within 60 days after returning from deployment. Leave not taken within the established timeframe will be lost.
Single Soldiers who father a child out-of-wedlock are not eligible for paternity leave.
What has the Army done?
The Army recognizes the importance of families being together during significant events such as the birth of a child. It has developed a flexible paternity leave policy that allows male Soldiers to support their spouses during the joyous, but possibly stressful, time of adjustment following the arrival of a new family member. It also provides Soldiers returning from deployments uninterrupted time with their child to begin building bonds that will last a lifetime.
The policy allows Soldiers who have taken annual leave in connection with the birth of a child since October 2008 to request up to 10 days of leave be restored/re-credited to their leave account. Soldiers must provide documentation to support their claim (e.g., DA Form 31 or LES) and submit it through the unit S1 or Personnel Administrative Center.
What continuing efforts does the Army have planned?
The Army will continue to promote this new benefit to the Army community through in-house, installation and electronic media outlets. Soldiers and officers are encouraged to take advantage of this valuable family bonding opportunity and supervisors and commanders at all levels should approve paternity leave whenever it is feasible.
Why is this important to the Army?
Paternity Leave provides greater stability and predictability to Soldiers and their families. By providing a benefit that is increasingly more common in the civilian sector, the Army is building on its reputation as an organization at the forefront of changing societal trends.
Ref: ALARACT Message 062/2009, released 10 Mar 2009
ABOUT THE ARMY
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- Opinion: Army families under fire (WP)
- Fort Hood receives White House environmental award (ARMY)
- Twenty-four teams take to the water in Day 3 of the Best Ranger Competition (ARMY)
- Petraeus: Taliban serious threat to Pakistan (WT)
- Shaky Pakistan is seen as a target of plots by al Qaeda (NYT)
- Probe into phosphorus use in Afghan battle (HC)
- Fear and worry pervade refugee camps as Pakistanis flee assault on Taliban (WP)
- Terrorist traffic via Syria again inching up (WP)
- Economic downturn finally hits Iraq (LAT)
- Army fields new MRAP rollover trainers (ARMY)
- Plan to shift military spending faces skepticism (NYT)
- Congress again ready to tackle funding of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan (MH)
- Opinion: A lot more to cut (NYT)
- Talks held on altering 'don't ask, don't tell' (BG)
- North Korea invades! (And other Pentagon war games) (TIME)
- Get ready for Abu Ghraib, act II (TIME)
- Political humorist Colbert tackles Basic Combat Training (ARMY)
- Sights unseen: Blind veteran reflects on Mount Rainier climb (ARMY)
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