Paternity Leave for Service Members
Date: 16 Dec 08
1. On 14 Oct 08, the President signed the FY2009 National Defense Authorization
Act (NDAA). This Act authorizes 10 days of permissive (non-chargeable) paternity
leave to married members of the armed forces on active duty whose wife gives
birth to a child on or after 14 Oct 08. AFPC released AF program instructions
via Personnel Services Delivery Memorandum (PSDM) 08-63, 12 Dec 08:
a. By law, this applies to married Airmen only. Commanders may not approve
paternity leave for single Airmen.
b. Airmen must submit a hardcopy AF IMT Form
988 to their unit commander to request approval. Upon approval, the absence
will be taken over consecutive days and must be taken within 60 days following
the birth. For extraordinary circumstances, unit commanders may authorize
paternity leave up to 90 days following the birth of a child. Paternity leave is
not authorized for members who are deployed/TDY during this specified period.
c. Paternity leave is authorized in conjunction with ordinary leave. Ordinary
leave used prior to the established policy will not be restored and waivers to
this policy are not applicable.
d. The unit commander will approve or disapprove the request for paternity leave
if the member’s absence has an adverse impact on the readiness or operational
mission. If approved, the unit commander will return the completed AF IMT Form
988 to the Airman, who will hand carry it the MPF/S for processing.
e. The base-level OPR for paternity leave requests is the MPF/S Leave Monitor.
They will validate requests, update LeaveWeb, and ensure Airman complete Section
III of the AF IMT Form 988 upon their
return from leave.
2. The A1 POC is ACC/A1KKM, Military Personnel Programs.