Special Leave Accrual (SLA)

Army Reserve: Drilling

Benefit Fact Sheet


Special Leave Accrual (SLA) allows Service members serving in hostile fire / imminent danger (HFP/IDP) areas 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 Service members not allowed leave during lengthy deployments or during periods of hostility.

Based on the continuing impact of COVID-19 and Service members' ability to take leave during the national emergency, the military services extended SLA through fiscal year 2021 (FY21). Service members that performed active service (as defined in 10 U.S.C § 701(a)) during FY21 were authorized to accumulate annual leave in excess of 60 days (not to exceed 120 days) as shown on the end of month September 2021 Leave and Earnings Statement. This SLA leave balance may be retained until the end of FY24 (30 September 2024).

Leave earned after 30 September 2021 will not be SLA protected unless earned during an eligible deployment. Leave earned above the SLA protected balance in FY22 and beyond must be used during the fiscal year it was earned or will be lost at the end of that fiscal year. Service members are responsible for tracking and managing their own leave.


Drilling members of the Army Reserve are not eligible for Special Leave Accrual (SLA).    soldiers walking to a chinook helicopter in the dessert

Additional Information

Army Regulation 600-8-10, Leaves and Passes:

Army HRC Leaves and Passes Homepage:

DoD Instruction NUMBER 1327.06 regarding Leave and Liberty Policy and Procedures including Special Leave Accrual:

DoD 7000.14-R, "Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations (FMRs)," Volume 7A, "Military Pay Policy - Active Duty and Reserve Pay”:

Special Leave Accrual (SLA) and Use/Lose Leave Balances - Active Duty:

Special Leave Accrual (SLA) and Use/Lose Leave Balances - Reserve/Guard:

Document Review Date: 05 November 2021