R 211328Z APR 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MP//
SUBJ/PUBLICATION OF MARINE CORPS ORDER 5000.12F, MARINE CORPS POLICY CONCERNING PARENTHOOD AND PREGNANCY//
AMPN/ REFERENCE (A) IS MARINE CORPS ORDER 5000.12F, MARINE CORPS POLICY CONCERNING PARENTHOOD AND PREGNANCY //
POC/M. D. BURCH-BYNUM/MAJ/CMC (MPO)/TEL: (703)432-9430/MELVIN.BURCH-BYNUM@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Purpose. This MARADMIN announces the publication of Marine Corps Order (MCO) 5000.12F and the cancellation of MARADMIN 331/18 (Changes to Parental Leave Policy), MARADMIN 570/18 (Clarification to MARADMIN 331/18 Changes to Parental Leave Policy).
2. Background. Reference (a) was published on 13 April 2020, establishing policy and procedures to meet the health, welfare, medical, and administrative needs of Marines and their newborn or recently adopted children. The order consolidates more than a decade worth of updates and places them in one order, making it easier for Marine parents, pregnant Marines, and their leaders to quickly locate the necessary information pertaining to the parenthood and pregnancy. The order contains 33 substantive revisions intended to support mission readiness and operational requirements while remaining mindful of Marines and their family circumstances and considerations.
3. Split into two chapters, (1) Parenthood and (2) Pregnancy, the order provides information addressing the concerns of Marines becoming parents through birth, adoption, foster care, or the use of surrogate pregnancy services. The revised order provides more than 15 specific references, including links to online resources, to educate Marines and directs greater command support to inform family care planning.
4. The order addresses command and individual roles and responsibilities, administrative requirements, assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct, and medical management of expecting parents. It provides specific guidance for single, dual-military, and adoptive parents. It establishes the need to educate Marines on the enduring individual responsibilities of family care planning and parenthood so they can establish family care plans that meet their personal and professional needs.
5. Reference (a) may be accessed online via the Marine Corps Publications Electronic Library at https:www.marines.mil/News/Publications/MCPEL/Electronic-Library-Display/Article/2153779/mco-500012f-cancels-mco-500012e/.
6. Reference (a) also establishes a requirement for a functional area checklist for parenthood and pregnancy subject matter. The functional area checklist may be accessed online via the Inspector General of the Marine Corps website at https:www.hqmc.marines.mil/igmc/Resources/Functional-Area-Checklists/.
7. This MARADMIN is applicable to the Marine Corps Total Force.
8. Release authorized by BGen Daniel L. Shipley, Director, Manpower Plans and Policy Division.//