The Navys Responsibilities
When a servicewoman is pregnant, the Navy has
specific responsibilities for her care. Navy policy
governs the assignment of pregnant servicewomen.
RESPONSIBILITY.The Navy provides
obstetrical care. When a pregnant servicewoman
remains at her duty station, the military treatment
facility provides care if
The facility has obstetrical-gynecological
The servicewoman lives in the facilitys
POLICY.The Navy policy for assigning
pregnant servicewomen covers several areas, including
overseas, CONUS, shipboard, aviation squadron, and
military school assignment.
Overseas.Based on medical considerations, no
servicewoman may be assigned overseas or travel
overseas after the beginning of the 28th week of
Continental United States (CONUS).Pregnant
servicewomen may be assigned within CONUS as
Without restriction, provided the servicewoman
doesnt fly after the 28th week of pregnancy.
Will not be transferred to a deploying unit during
the period from the 20th week of pregnancy
through 4 months after the expected date of
Shipboard.The following policies govern the
assignment of pregnant servicewomen:
The CO, in consultation (talking to) with the
health care provider and occupational health
professional, decides if the Sailor may safely
continue her shipboard assigned duties.
Pregnant servicewomen wont remain aboard
ship if the time for medical evacuation to a
treatment facility is more than 6 hours.
Service women cant remain on board a
deployed unit beyond the 20th week of
Aviation Squadron.Assignment of pregnant
servicewomen to aviation squadrons is governed by the
Pregnancy disqualifies designated flight status.
Air controllers may work up to the 28th week of
pregnancy; however, they are normally restricted
from tower duties after their 27th week.
Servicewomen who become pregnant while
assigned to an aviation squadron due for
deployment should be reassigned to a squadron
not scheduled for deployment from their 20th
week of pregnancy through the recuperative
Military schools.The following rules apply to
pregnant servicewomen at military schools:
A pregnant servicewoman isnt assigned to a
school if the projected delivery date or
recuperative period will occur during the course
If a servicewoman becomes pregnant during
training, the schools CO determines if the Sailor
can complete the training based on the projected
delivery and recuperation dates.
LEAVE.Normally, the CO grants 6 weeks (42 days)
convalescent leave after the servicewoman has
delivered the baby.
SEPARATION FROM THE NAVY.The Navy
can discharge servicewomen from the Navy without
maternity benefits under the following conditions:
The servicewoman was pregnant before entry
into recruit training.
The pregnancy is certified during recruit