Navy Plans to Double Maternity Leave to 12 Paid Weeks

In an effort to retain talented women, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled a proposal Wednesday that calls for doubling the amount of paid maternity leave that sailors and Marines can take, from six weeks to 12 weeks. Mabus detailed the proposal during a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Extending paid parental leave for mothers would require legislative approval, which if Congress agrees to, would ultimately be extended to members of all military branches.