NAVY FAMILY CARE PLANS
The Navy has not required personnel to formally modify their Family Care Plans in response to COVID-19 for two reasons – it is a significant administrative burden that requires signatures from multiple parties in a time of social distancing; and secondly, due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, the newly designated care-givers may still not be available when needed because of illness, travel restrictions, high-risk population of caregivers, etc.
Instead of modifying Family Care Plans, Navy has emphasized to commanders to “use maximum latitude to authorize telework, liberal leave, permissive TDY as necessary” to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among teams and families. MyNavy HR has also suspended separations for parenthood without appropriate review.
Service members are responsible to ensure family members/dependents are cared for during deployments, reserve mobilizations, and temporary duty, as well as at all other times during which the service member is unavailable. Formal documentation of a Family Care Plan is required under any of the following conditions:
- A Service member with primary or shared physical custody of a minor child or children who is not married to the other natural or adoptive parent of the minor child or children.
- Both members of a married dual military couple where one or both have primary or shared physical custody of a minor child or children.
- Service members who are legally responsible for an adult family member who is incapable of providing for themselves in the absence of the Service member.
Directions to update your Family Care Plan via Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) or Electronic Service Record (ESR):
- Service Members Civil Relief Act