Following a recent change in policy, the U.S. Army will now grant convalescent leave—paid absence from duty—in the case of a miscarriage, stillbirth or loss after birth to both parents, allowing them time to grieve. This move makes the Army the only branch to provide this support to the non-birthing parent.
With more than 400,000 active-duty service members, the Army is the largest branch of the U.S. military. The Army miscarriage leave policy also applies to the National Guard and the Reserve.
"Whenever the Army leads on policy change, it directly impacts the greatest number of lives," said John Crowley, the head of military affairs at Legacy, a digital fertility clinic in Boston, and a captain in the Army Reserve.
The Army's Parenthood, Pregnancy and Postpartum directive includes several policy changes, another of which is designed to create stability during fertility treatments. This applies to both the parent experiencing treatment and their spouse. They