The P3 (Parenthood, Pregnancy, and Postpartum) Program took shape in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in approximately 2018 as a working group of 20 WIARNG Soldiers, passionate about making the organization a better place for its families and parents. The program has been a labor of intentional love and care for parents within our ranks. Throughout the years, the working group has spearheaded initiatives to help formulate the implementation of policies surrounding lactation accommodations, post-birth operational and training deferments, advisory support groups, as well as educating and empowering our formations and its leaders. In January 2023, the working group earned a permanent home in the WIARNG G1 (Personnel) Division and designated five enduring members and P3 trainers. The group has performed four training courses for unit P3 Advisors, now a mandatory position in each unit across the state, training over 200 advisors and command teams.
In June 2023, the long awaited Policy Memo 128 on Parenthood, Pregnancy, and Postpartum was signed by our State's Deputy Adjutant General to tailor the Army Directive P3 guidance to the specific needs of our National Guard Soldiers. The nurtured relationships, improved awareness, policy and inclusive culture are making a positive difference within the WIARNG community. A review of the past 10 years of discharges reveals that the P3 Group's efforts have yielded a 50% decrease in elective pregnancy separations as compared to 2012-2017. This data shows that our higher level of engagement and deliberate steps to lean forward in new and meaningful ways to support families are what parents need to sustain their commitment to the WIARNG. The WIARNG P3 Group has shared it’s unique products, policies, and procedures on many state and national platforms, truly paving the way for the initiative across all forces. The P3 Program helps align words with actions that help our Soldiers feel valued, supported, and seen so that they may continue to serve while successfully growing their families.