Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently announced the next round of Force of the Future initiatives. The maternity benefit will now be offered to the over 200,000 women in uniform. Also included in the initiatives are: expansion of adoption leave; extending childhood development center hours to a 14-hour minimum; modifying or installing mother rooms at each instillation; an examination of additional options for child care; and allowing servicemembers to postpone a permanent change of station in certain instances where it is in the best interests of the family. More details, including effective dates, will be made available as the services begin planning for implementation. More information on the next round of Force of the Future initiatives is available online.
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