Use it or lose it, max leave changes coming

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Department_of_Army_logoGeorge Markfelder
Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region
U.S. Army Military District of Washington

WASHINGTON — Effective Sept. 30, 2015, the National Defense Authorization Act temporary authority allowing Soldiers to carry over 75 days leave from one fiscal year into the next FY will expire, said Army personnel officials.

That means, starting Oct. 1, Soldiers can carry over no more than 60 days leave unless they have Special Leave Accrual (SLA) protected leave.

Soldiers serving in an area were eligible for hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay, for a continuous period of at least 120 days, are authorized to accumulate and retain a maximum of 120 days of leave (60 days of ordinary leave, plus 60 days of SLA).

Soldiers who meet the above SLA provisions could carry forward up to 120 days leave, which would be reflected in their leave and earning statement (LES) remarks block as “Combat Zone Leave Carryover Balance” with its expiration date.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service is in the process of identifying and emailing a notice to all Soldiers projected to have more than 60 days accrued leave on Sept. 30.

DFAS will continue to include monthly notices on Soldiers’ LESs that indicates the following: “Important: Manage your leave. On 1 October 15, you will lose all accrued leave over 60 days, unless SLA applies.”

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