Office of Work-Life Programs :
Separation for Care of Newborn Children (CNC)
Separation for Pregnancy
Who is Eligible for this Program?
Separation for Care of Newborn Children (CNC) program is available to the
following members of Team Coast Guard:
Separation for Pregnancy is available to all service members beyond their
initial training (e.g., recruit training or Officer Candidate School), but
service members should be advised that requests for separation due to
pregnancy will not normally be approved. In those cases where extenuating
circumstances due to a bona fide hardship exist, requests for separation
will be considered on a case-by-case basis with the service need often the
determinant for retention or release. Each decision will be rendered based
on a balance of service need, the member's remaining obligated service, and
consideration of the specific circumstances of each member's situation.
Purpose of Program
The temporary Separation for Care of Newborn Children program
allows Coast Guard members to temporarily separate and pursue growth or
other opportunities outside the service, while providing a mechanism for
their return to active duty. The long-term intent of this program is to
retain the valuable experience and training our members possess that
might otherwise be lost. Under temporary separation, career-oriented
officers and enlisted members are allowed a one time separation from
active duty for up to two years to either:
- Discharge parental responsibilities to care for newborn children
- Allow members to pursue personal interests that are restricted by
continuing on active duty, i.e., education.
The following definitions apply to the Separation for Care
of Newborn Children Program:
- Separation for Care of Newborn Children: For career
members who desire guaranteed return to active duty after
- Newborn child includes both biological and adopted.
Services and Resources Available
The following services and resources are available within the Separation
for Care of Newborn Children Program:
- Ability to separate for up to two years to provide care
for newborn children and return to active duty.
- Separation should start within 12 months after the
child’s birth or within 12 months after the date of
Requesting Services or Resources
To obtain additional information on temporary Separation of Care of
Newborn Children program, please contact your immediate supervisor for
additional details on the process to request a separation for care of a
Child care resources can be obtained by contacting the Family Resource
Specialist (FRS) or Child Development Services Specialist (CDSS) at your
Health, Safety and Work-Life (HSWL) Regional Practice Office.
The following references provide details of the Temporary Separation
Child Care Resources
Point of Contact
If you are
unable to contact the Family Resource Specialist or your Child Development
Services Specialist, or need additional assistance beyond the information
provided here, please contact the Headquarters Dependent Care Program
Manager, Mr. Ken O’Meara at (202) 475-5160 or by email at
or the HSWL SC Child Care Coordinator, Ms. Linda Smith at (757) 628-4777 or
by email at Linda.L.Smith@uscg.mil.