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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy is now requiring more sailors to tell the Navy how their children will be cared for while they are deployed.

Navy officials said the following personnel are now required to submit a Family Care Plan:

Sailors with children from a previous relationship.Dual military parents, if one has primary or shared custody of children with someone outside the marriage.Emergency-essential civilians and contractors who meet the same parental status of active-duty or Reserve servicemembers.The new policy also requires that the Family Care Plans and related documents have the same information, official said. Such documents include legal documents that are required to be filed along with the plan, such as custody or separation agreements.

“Sailors who are unable to or refuse to comply with providing a workable Family Care Plan may be separated from the Navy,” according to a recent Navy Administrative Message (NAVADMIN).

The changes were made as part of a periodic review of the policy, not because of any specific, officials said.

“Changes were made to ensure that dependent children and family members of sailors are properly cared for during times when the sailor is away from home,” officials said in a Friday e-mail to Stars and Stripes.

Asked if the changes were meant to allow the Navy to track which sailors are deployable, officials said the Navy’s goal is for all sailors to be deployable.

“The Family Care Plan is just one more way of being prepared for deployment and taking care of our families,” officials said.

Officials also said the changes are not connected to individual augmentee duty.

“Child care issues can affect a sailor’s ability to meet military requirements whether Individual Augmentation, overnight duty or scheduled deployments,” officials said. “This is why the Navy requires a Family Care Plan be in place and current at all times in order to prevent problems when a sailor is ordered to an Individual Augmentation or any other military requirement.”

For more information, go to NAVADMIN 204/07 at: www.npc.navy.mil.

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