Male soldiers and other secondary caregivers now can take up to 21 days’ parental leave to take care of their infant children – more than double what was previously allowed. New mothers can take six additional weeks of convalescent leave, anytime up to one year after giving birth. The previous limit was 12 weeks. Fathers who are primary caregivers can receive up to six weeks or 42 days of parental leave, but only one parent can be designated as primary caregiver. The changes would also apply to the other armed services, because of changes in the law that took effect with the implementation of provisions contained in the 2017 defense-spending bill.