U.S. Navy Family Care Policy OPNAVINST 1740.4C. YN1(SS) Smith OPNAV N09B14H (703)693-4584. Purpose. To assist servicemembers in developing workable Family Care Plans and establishing procedural requirements and outlining legal options. Background.
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U.S. Navy Family Care PolicyOPNAVINST 1740.4C
A family member who has limited command of the local language or is unable to drive or otherwise gain access to basic life-sustaining facilities (i.e. food, medical care). For example, servicemembers and their families who are assigned to an isolated location and family member has limited language or communication skills in the country of residence may require a Family Care Plan.
Dual Military Couples
Servicemembers who are part of a married dual military couple must each provide a Family Care Plan which is consistent with their spouse’s plan. Both servicemembers shall maintain a copy with their respective commands. In the event that a Family Care Plan is not or cannot be established, NAVPERSCOM will determine which servicemember may be separated based on the needs of the Navy.
Military mothers of newborns (or adopted) shall be deferred from travel away from the home station for 4 months following the delivery (adoption). This provision is to assist the servicemember in developing a Family Care Plan and to establish a pattern of childcare.