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Marine Corps updates leave policy for new mothers, fathers

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A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, greets his family during a homecoming at Del Valle Field aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 5, 2016. The unit is returning from deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command 16.2. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Levi Schultz/Released)

The Marine Corps has updated its leave policy for new mothers and fathers, giving them more time with their children.

As of June 14, Marine Corps parents whose children were born after December 23, 2016 are eligible for an additional six weeks of leave for the primary caregiver.

The primary caregiver -whom the Corps describes as the primary parent responsible for the care of the child- can take the leave in conjunction with maternity leave.

According to Stripes, the new policy allows the caregiver to delay the use of the leave for up to one year.  For dual-military couples, the Corps allows the leave to be transferred to the other parent.

Secondary caregiver leave -formerly known as paternity leave- has also been increased by four days, from ten to fourteen.

Marines are encouraged to designate the primary and secondary caregiver within 60 days of adoption or delivery.

The policy changes come shortly after the Air Force changed its policy which provides seven more days of secondary caregiver leave than the Marine Corps.

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