Army Reserve: Active Duty
Benefit Fact Sheet
Time away from duties and training is critical for the continued well-being of Soldiers. The Army provides a number of benefits to provide Soldiers opportunities for time away from their jobs.
Members of the Army Reserve serving on active duty or initial active duty for training or active duty training for a period of 30 or more consecutive days for which they are entitled to pay are eligible to participate in the various leave programs.
The following sections summarize various types of leave available for active duty Soldiers. As with any job, mission requirements, duty assignment or training requirements may require Soldiers to work on certain holidays and weekends. These requirements may also impact the scheduling of annual leave.
Annual Leave: Active duty Soldiers earn 2.5 days of annual leave (vacation) for each month of service, for a total of 30 days per year. Currently, Soldiers can bank up to 75 days of leave at the end of the fiscal year, but effective 30 September 2015 the carry-over provision is reduced to 60 days at the end of the fiscal year. Any additional days above 60 days will be forfeited at the beginning of the next fiscal year (October 1). Each Soldier has an individual responsibility to monitor and manage their leave, and current leave balances are recorded on the Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), which can be viewed at myPay.
Increased Leave Accrual: The amount of leave allowed to be carried over into a new fiscal year temporarily increased from 60 days to 75 days effective 28 January 2008 until 30 September 2015. All leave accrued in excess of 60 days on 30 SEP 15 will be lost on 1 OCT 15, unless protected by Special Leave Accrual (SLA).
Special Leave Accrual:
a) Soldiers serving in hostile fire or imminent danger pay areas (combat zone) for 120 days or more can accumulate and carry over up to 120 days of leave into the next fiscal year. SLA-protected leave appears in the Remarks section of Leave and Earnings Statements (LES) as "Combat Zone LV Carryover Bal" along with the expiration date. SLA protection ends on the expiration date or when the current leave balance drops below the maximum authorized without SLA.
b) By law, 120 days is the most maximum leave that can be carried over into a new fiscal year with SLA protection.
c) SLA is the only mechanism by which more than 60 days can be carried over into a new fiscal year.
Leave Sell Back: Enlisted personnel with more than 120 days of leave accrued may, on a one-time basis, sell back up to 30 days of leave in excess of the 120-day limit. Such leave sell back counts against the 60-day leave sell back limitation during a Soldier's military career.
For more information on these leave programs and other programs that may be available, please review Army Regulation 600-8-10, Leaves and Passes:
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Document Review Date: 20 November 2014