There are many occasions when we all need time
off. On some occasions special liberty is granted. At
other times, leave is granted. Most often, leave comes
in the form of the annual leave earned through the year.
Leave is time spent away from the job to take care of
personal business, to visit relatives, to get married, to go
on fishing trips, or to merely get some much needed rest
and relaxation. At other times, leave is needed because
of family emergencies, such as a death or serious illness
of a family member.
As a PN, regardless of the type of leave involved,
you are responsible for being familiar with all the
administrative tasks associated with processing leave
requests. In this chapter, you will learn about the
different types of leave, leave policy, the limitation on
earned leave, how leave is computed, and some
personnel office leave procedures.
Leave, as defined in Navy Regulations- 1990, is the
authorized absence of a member from a place of duty
chargeable against such member according to the
Armed Forces Leave Act of 1946, as amended. In the
following paragraphs, annual leave, advance leave,
excess leave, earned leave, convalescent leave,
graduation leave, emergency leave, separation leave,
rest and recuperation leave, environmental and morale
leave are discussed and defined.
Annual leave is leave granted in
execution of a commands leave program,
chargeable to the members leave account. Annual
leave is also called ordinary leave and is
distinguished from emergency leave and special
Advance leave. Advance leave is leave granted before
its actual accrual to the members leave account.
Advance leave is based on a reasonable
expectation that leave will be earned by the member
during the remaining period of obligated service of
Excess leave. Excess leave is leave granted in excess of
earned leave and advance leave and when the
member is not entitled to pay and allowances. A
minus leave balance at the time of discharge, first
extension of an enlistment or separation from active
duty, desertion, or death is considered as excess
leave. Excess leave is without regard to the
authority under which the leave resulting in a minus
leave balance was granted. The pay and allowances
received while on excess leave are checked from a
members pay account once the member returns
from leave, or excess leave is determined.
Earned Leave. Earned leave is leave accrued to a
members credit as of any given date. Earned leave
may indicate a minus leave credit, but such amount
of minus leave credit must not exceed the amount
of leave that would normally be earned during the
remaining period of obligated service of active duty.
A minus leave credit on date of discharge, on
effective date of first extension of an enlistment, or
separation from active duty is excess leave and is
subject to checkage.
The account balance of ordinary earned or accrued
leave must be reduced to 60 days at the end of the fiscal
year. The exception to this account balance is when
personnel are authorized special leave accrual up to 90
days for service in an area designated for imminent
danger or hostile fire pay or when assigned to designated
deployable ships and mobile units as defined in Article
3020140 of the Naval Military Personnel Manual
(MILPERSMAN), NAVPERS 15560.
Convalescent leave. Convalescent leave is a period of
authorized absence granted to persons while under
medical care that is part of the care and treatment
prescribed for a members recuperation or
Convalescent leave is not
chargeable to a members leave account.
Graduation leave is a period of
authorized absence granted as a delay in reporting
to the first duty station for graduates of the Naval
Academy who are appointed commissioned officers
in the Armed Forces.
Graduation leave is not
chargeable to a members leave account.
When consistent with military
requirements, a member maybe granted leave that
expires on the day of separation without the
necessity of the member having to return to the