The United States Navy has just increased paternity leave for male sailors and Marines from 6 weeks to 18 weeks. This applies to current active duty personnel and all incoming personnel in an effort to increase its ranks of men.
Naval Chief of Naval Personnel spokeswoman Commander Chris Servello said that the benefit will not extend to adoptive parents or new mothers.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said: “Meaningful paternity leave when it matters most is one of the best ways that we can support the men who serve our county. When the men in our Navy and Marine Corps answer the call to serve, they are making the difficult choice to be away from their children—sometimes for prolonged periods of time—so that they can do the demanding jobs that we ask them to do, with increased paternity leave, we can demonstrate the commitment of the Navy and Marine Corps to the men who are committed to serve.”
The Navy has indicated that there will be no significant cost associated with this new policy, but commenters have other opinions. Apparently, there is no information as to who will fill in those spots when a male takes 18 weeks off to care for a newborn.
A number of news articles and press releases have been issued with many comments by readers. As the articles reveal, there are both positive comments and negative comments regarding this policy, but of course in common sense terms, this is in fact a discriminatory policy. While many tout the benefits of the time to nurture newborns by their fathers, there does not seem to be the same concern of the nurturing effects from mothers.
Many of the articles cite and claim that due to duty considerations, male military members suffer from time away from their newborns, and this policy will help to bridge that gap.
I guess it doesn’t matter about the amount of time mothers have to be away from their children while on duty assignments away from their home bases or on deployment to combat areas. I guess none of the Marines who fought in Battle of Fallujah, of which nearly 100 died, were surveyed about this proposal.
Commentor JrocGnomeSayin states:
“I didn’t say men make the choice purely for the time off. I am however pointing out the inequality between women and men service members. This is just another push to keep men masculazis who already have it made even happier in the military.”
Regardless of the apparent goal of retaining and recruiting more males in the Navy and Marines, we have yet another example of preferences and benefits that are afforded to males and not to females.
Perhaps a compromised proposal would have been more equal such as an increase in family leave time to be used equally by both parents, but that of course would have been viewed as misandristic.