I have a 9 week old daughter but I'm at Sandhurst so don't get any paternity leave. I will (should) commission in April when my daughter will be 8 months old. Will I be able to get paternity leave when I get to my unit? What's the Army's policy?
I understand you get 16 weeks off at full pay and then you go to the national rate at aboyt Â£100 a month. To get the real answer speak to your Pl Comd who can put you in touch with the SPS/Welfare Dept .You should be able to get time off when you get to your Unit, barring courses!
I think the 16 weeks is the new entitlement to UNPAID p/l, came into being very recently.
Not much of an entitlement really, if you are rich enough to take 16 weeks off you are one of about 11 blokes in the country who are, and if you ain't working anyway it makes no diference. Therefore, to most people, an irrelevance.
I don't know if it applies to HM Forces, but it came into being after the DCI quoted above.
Congrats on the rug rat btw, mine is a week old tomorrow! 15 nappies done so far.... 2,985 to go if he's average I believe.
I don't think our DCI has been updated yet although there is rumour of a change in the rules for serving women with children born after Apr 07. Their maternity leave then allegedly will go to 9 mths paid rather than the six months of present. Something to do with bringing it in line with other govn depts.There was also talk of the blokes being allowed to take some of that leave in addition to paternity leave but don't hold out much hope.
Congrats, Steamywindow! I have 10 wks to go before our first. Looking forward to endless poo and sleepless nights too.....
I always understood that the small print on the paternity leave legislation said 'Not applicable to HM Forces', and that it is a case of 'if its manageable you can have it'. I see no other way of allowing it in the army.
Pa -what- leave???? My first missus was having a bad time birthing the first nipper at a local hospital in 1963. Doctor asked if I could stay around to support her. Got a cab back to the Depot, tabbed into the RSM and asked if I could get someone else to do my Guard Commander duty that night. Bollocked from ARRSE hole to breakfast, had to do that night AND a months extra duties for daring to ask. Yeah I hated you Bill B!