Thanks to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and other Midshipmen higher-ups, the United States Navy will be the first branch of the military to offer a reasonable maternity leave.
Eighteen weeks, according to the Associated Press, which is a significant bump from the previous standard of just six weeks.
More than 5,000 women will be eligible.
“We have incredibly talented women who want to serve, and they also want to be mothers and have the time to fulfill that important role the right way,” said Mabus in a statement quoted by the AP. “Meaningful maternity leave when it matters most is one of the best ways that we can support the women who serve our county.”