Dutch army fathers can miss one foreign mission
Male Dutch soldiers with children younger than one year are to be given the right to miss one mission abroad.
12 October 2008
The exemption from active service abroad can be taken advantage of as soon as a child is born or can be put off for a maximum of five years.
The move, announced by Deputy Defence Minister Jack de Vries, is one of a raft of measures designed to tackle the shortage of military personnel. It is hoped the one-mission exemption for fathers will make it more attractive to stay on in military service.
Parliament earlier voted for a motion allowing fathers of children younger than one year to be excused from active service abroad. Servicewomen with children under five are already excused from serving abroad.
Radio Netherland/ Expatica