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S. 1615: MOMS Leave Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 22, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 1615


May 22, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Rounds, Mr. Peters, Mr. Moran, Mr. Heinrich, Mrs. Capito, Mrs. Murray, and Ms. Baldwin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services


To amend titles 10 and 37, United States Code, to provide compensation and credit for retired pay purposes for maternity leave taken by members of the reserve components, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Mothers of Military Service Leave Act or MOMS Leave Act.


Compensation and credit for retired pay purposes for maternity leave taken by members of the reserve components



Section 206(a) of title 37, United States Code, is amended—


in paragraph (2), by striking or at the end;


in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and


by adding the end the following new paragraph:


for each of 6 days in connection with the taking by the member of a period of maternity leave.



Credit for retired pay purposes


In general

The period of maternity leave taken by a member of the reserve components of the Armed Forces in connection with the birth of a child shall count toward the member's entitlement to retired pay, and in connection with the years of service used in computing retired pay, under chapter 1223 of title 10, United States Code, as 12 points.


Separate credit for each period of leave

Separate crediting of points shall accrue to a member pursuant to this subsection for each period of maternity leave taken by the member in connection with a childbirth event.


When credited

Points credited a member for a period of maternity leave pursuant to this subsection shall be credited in the year in which the period of maternity leave concerned commences.


Contribution of leave toward entitlement to retired pay

Section 12732(a)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after subparagraph (E) the following new subparagraph:


Points at the rate of 12 a year for the taking of maternity leave.



Computation of years of service for retired pay

Section 12733 of such title is amended—


by redesignating paragraph (5) as paragraph (6); and


by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new paragraph (5):


One day for each point credited to the person under subparagraph (F) of section 12732(a)(2) of this title.



Effective date

This section and the amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act, and shall apply with respect to periods of maternity leave that commence on or after that date.