NAVADMIN 256-08 – Guidelines Concerning Pergnancy and Parenthood

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FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
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INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//

NAVADMIN 256/08

SUBJ/NAVY GUIDELINES CONCERNING PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD INSTRUCTION SUPPLEMENT//

REF/A/DOC/OPNAVINST 6000.1C/14JUN07//
REF/B/DOC/OPNAVINST 6110.1H/15AUG05//
REF/C/DOC/COMNAVRESFORINST 6000.1C/28DEC07//
NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 6000.1C, NAVY GUIDELINES CONCERNING PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD. REF B IS OPNAVINST 6110.1H, PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM.
REF C IS COMNAVRESFORINST 6000.1C, GUIDANCE ON PREGNANT SAILORS IN THE NAVY RESERVE.//

RMKS/1. THIS NAVADMIN SERVES AS A SUPPLEMENT TO REF A, WHICH PROVIDES ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDANCE CONCERNING ASSIGNMENT, RETENTION, SEPARATION, STANDARDS OF CONDUCT, AND MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF PREGNANT SERVICEWOMEN.

A. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS NAVADMIN AND REF A, THE TERM DEPLOYED IS DEFINED AS SERVING WITH ANY UNIT THAT IS UNDERWAY, GREATER THAN SIX HOURS AWAY FROM A MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITY (MTF); TO INCLUDE TAD ORDERS.

B. SERVICEWOMEN ON POST-BIRTH 12-MONTH OPERATIONAL DEFERMENT MAY REQUEST TO TERMINATE DEFERMENT AT ANY POINT AFTER CONVALESCENT LEAVE. WAIVERS WILL BE GRANTED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND MUST INCLUDE ENDORSEMENTS FROM THE MEMBER, CURRENT OR PROSPECTIVE OPERATIONAL COMMAND, AND MEMBER’S HEALTH CARE PROVIDER (HCP).

C. SERVICEWOMEN REQUESTING TO REMAIN WITH OPERATIONAL UNITS AFTER THE 20TH WEEK OF PREGNANCY MAY BE GRANTED A WAIVER IN LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES. FOR EXAMPLE, A MEMBER’S SHIP IS IN A SHIPYARD OR MAINTENANCE AVAILABILITY AND THE SERVICEWOMAN WILL WORK IN AN ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY TO SUPPORT THE COMMAND. THE WAIVER MUST INCLUDE ENDORSEMENTS FROM THE SERVICEWOMAN, THE COMMAND, AND THE MEMBER’S HCP. WAIVERS WILL BE APPROVED BASED ON SITUATIONS WHERE THE ENVIRONMENT CAN SUPPORT THE HEALTH OF THE MOTHER AND UNBORN CHILD.

D. SERVICEWOMEN WITH DISTRIBUTION NAVY ENLISTED CLASSIFICATION CODE (DNEC) 0054 (TRANSFERRED FROM SEA DUTY TO SHORE DUTY DUE TO PREGNANCY) WILL HAVE THEIR PROJECTED ROTATION DATE (PRD) AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TO 12 MONTHS POST-DELIVERY BY THEIR DETAILER. ALL EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO PLACE SERVICEWOMEN INTO EXISTING BILLETS ASHORE AND PROVIDE LATITUDE TO DETAILERS TO ADJUST SEA/SHORE FLOW DATES.

E. CONSISTENT WITH FORCE SHAPING OBJECTIVES, PREGNANT SERVICEWOMEN WHO HAVE AN EXPIRING END OF ACTIVE DUTY OBLIGATED SERVICE (EAOS) WILL NOT BE APPROVED FOR PRD ADJUSTMENT IF PERFORM TO SERVE (PTS) IS NOT APPROVED.

F. SERVICEWOMEN WHO BECOME PREGNANT ON SHORE DUTY AND ARE WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THEIR PRD ARE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY THEIR DETAILER AND SUBMIT A 1306 WITH THE ASSOCIATED PREGNANCY NOTIFICATION FORMS INCLUDED IN REF A REQUESTING A 12-MONTH EXTENSION TO AVOID RECEIVING ORDERS TO A DEPLOYABLE UNIT.

G. SERVICEWOMEN ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THEIR DETAILERS WITHIN NINE MONTHS OF EXPIRING DEFERMENT TO SEEK WORLD-WIDE ASSIGNABILITY (WWA).

H. SERVICEWOMEN WHO MISCARRY OR HAVE SPONTANEOUS/NON-ELECTIVE ABORTIONS SHOULD SEEK EVALUATION BY THEIR HCP TO DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE CONVALESCENT LEAVE PERIOD NEEDED TO RETURN TO A WWA STATUS. SERVICEWOMEN WHO GIVE BIRTH TO A STILLBORN CHILD ARE ENTITLED TO SIX MONTHS OF OPERATIONAL DEFERMENT CONSISTENT WITH RETURN TO PHYSICAL READINESS STANDARDS. PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD STATUS MUST BE MADE KNOWN TO DESIGNATED COMMAND OFFICIALS WHILE ENSURING THE SERVICEMEMBERS PRIVACY.

I. BOTH SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN AN IN-VITRO INFERTILITY TREATMENT PROGRAM AND DESIRE NO-COST PERMISSIVE TAD ARE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY THEIR COMMAND WITH A LETTER FROM THEIR HCP TO INCLUDE THE DURATION OF THE TREATMENT AND THE POTENTIAL DATES FOR MINOR PROCEDURES.

J. POSTPARTUM SERVICEWOMEN ARE WAIVED FROM COMPLETING A PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSEMENT (PFA) FOR SIX MONTHS AFTER THE END OF THEIR CONVALESCENT LEAVE PERIOD AND UPON RETURN TO FULL DUTY BY AN HCP. AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SIX-MONTH PERIOD, SERVICEWOMEN ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED COMMAND PFA AT THEIR UNIT. IF THE MEMBER DOES NOT MEET ESTABLISHED PFA STANDARDS, THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF FAILURE AS PRESCRIBED IN REF B APPLY.

K. REF C PROVIDES ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE CONCERNING PREGNANT SERVICEWOMEN IN THE NAVY RESERVES AND IS INTENDED TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH REF A.

2. POINTS OF CONTACT:
– LT STEPHANIE MILLER, OPNAV N134, AT 703-695-3373/DSN 225, OR EMAIL AT STEPHANIE.P.MILLER(AT)NAVY.MIL.
– YNCS(SW) DEE ALLEN, OPNAV N134, AT 703-695-1391/DSN 225, OR EMAIL AT DEE.ALLEN(AT)NAVY.MIL.

3. RELEASED BY VADM M. E. FERGUSON III, N1.//