Family-friendly policies have been proliferating workplace culture within the past year, and now there’s another company to add to that list: the Pentagon.
The Defense Department will a pilot program that allows troops to freeze sperm and eggs in an effort to retain service members. This policy is especially aimed at women: After 10 years of service (which would place a woman in her late 20s, assuming she enlisted when she was 18), women’s retention rate is 30% less than that of men’s. The cost is estimated to be around $150M for five years, or $30M per year.
The move comes as the Defense Department noted changing policies that allowed for longer maternity leaves and “improved child care.” After creating a plan, the Defense Department will outline a plan, and will evaluate two years after implementation. The Defense Department is following in the footsteps of certain Silicon Valley companies such as Facebook, which recently began offering female employees the option of freezing their eggs.
So far, the Defense Department is the only government agency that will allow freezing sperm and eggs within their healthcare policy.
It’ll be interesting to see how the pilot program goes, and how it changes the quality of life for military members.