Special Leave Accrual (SLA)

Regular Army: Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet



Special Leave Accrual (SLA) allows Soldiers who serve in hostile fire/imminent danger area for a continuous period of at least 120 days to accumulate and retain up to 120 days of leave (60 days of ordinary leave, plus 60 days of SLA-protected leave). The intent of SLA is to provide relief to Soldiers who are not allowed leave when undergoing lengthy deployment or during periods of hostility.


SLA is authorized to Soldiers who served in an area where entitled to hostile fire or imminent danger pay for at least 120 continuous days. No additional criteria are required under this area for approval.

Soldiers assigned to a designated deployable ship, designated mobile unit, or other similar prescribed duty may be authorized SLA if operational requirements prevented use of leave.

Soldiers who meet all the following conditions may also qualify for special leave accrual:

  1. Deployed for a lengthy period, normally 60 or more days.
  2. Deployed to meet a contingency operation of the United States.
  3. Deployed to enforce national policy or an international agreement based on a national emergency or in the need to defend national security.
  4. Prevented from using leave through the end of the FY because of deployment.

Soldiers may continue to qualify for the 120-day requirement for up to 90 days when hospitalized outside of the hostile fire area. Qualification is based on continued eligibility for hostile fire or imminent danger pay.

Benefit Highlights:

SLA authorizes Soldiers to carry forward up to 120 days of leave at the end of a FY (60 days normal leave plus 60 days special leave). Accrued SLA must be used before the end of the fourth fiscal year after the fiscal year in which the qualifying service ended. A portion of the leave balance that exceeds 60 days regardless of whether or not the Soldier was assigned to a designated activity cannot be approved.

SLA earned in a hostile fire or imminent danger pay area (theater) is automatically coded as SLA leave by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) computers when Soldiers are in receipt of Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay.  SLA is listed on a Soldiers Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) in the Remarks block as "SLA or CZTE leave (x number of days) and expiration FY."

AR 600-8-10, Leaves and Passes, paragraph 2-2b(2) cautions Soldiers who maintain maximum leave balance that they risk loss of leave over 60 days if the operational situation prevents them from taking leave before the end of the fiscal year.  Each Soldier has an individual responsibility to monitor and manage their leave. 

SLA protection ends either on the expiration date or when the Soldier's current leave balance (Cr Bal) drops to 60 days or less (effective 1 OCT 15). SLA days cannot be sold, and must be used before their expiration date.

Note: SLA parameters are based on statutory law, not Army policy.

Requesting Special Leave Accrual

Requests must provide all of the following information below:

  1. Information why Soldiers were deployed for a lengthy period, normally 60 or more days, during fiscal year.
  2. The date command was notified of deployment requirements.
  3. Who directed deployment requirement.
  4. Unclassified name of the operation, if applicable.
  5. The date the Soldier was notified of the deployment requirement.
  6. The date of departure on deployment and the date of return or projected return.
  7. Information concerning commander's annual leave program and the Soldier's ability to take leave during the fiscal year.
  8. The Soldier's leave schedule prior to notification of the deployment requirement.
  9. Whether the Soldier could have taken any leave after notification of deployment, and prior to departure on deployment. Explain.
  10. Whether Soldier could have taken any leave or can take leave while deployed. If not, what prevented or is preventing leave use.
  11. How many leave days Soldier lost or will lose at the end of the fiscal year.

Additional Information:

For more information on these leave programs and other programs that may be available, please review Army Regulation 600-8-10, Leaves and Passes:

To view the Army HRC site on Special Leave Accrual:

Additional information on Special Leave Accrual:


Document Review Date: 15 December 2015