WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at improving the quality of life for those serving in the US military, including a doubling of maternity leave for most personnel to 12 weeks.
Carter said the all-volunteer military is primarily a married force, and making it more family-friendly and responsive to the changing needs of a new generation would allow it to attract and retain the best talent available.
"We are not Google, we are not Walmart - we are war-fighters. But that doesn't mean we should not be challenging ourselves just like the private sector to modernize our workplace and workforce," the secretary told reporters at the Pentagon.
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