The purpose of Annual Leave is to allow Service personnel time away from duty and so to return to work refreshed.
Annual leave is an authorised period of absence of one or more days up to 38 days (including Public Holidays) plus any Annual Leave carried forward from the previous leave year. The leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March for all Service personnel and, unless there are local arrangements with Unit HR, personnel should ensure that leave for Public Holidays is actioned on JPA in advance of the date. Individuals are normally only permitted to carry forward 15 days leave into the next leave year, unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as operational commitments during the year.
Service personnel are expected to plan their leave in a responsible manner with due regard to their Service commitments and are strongly advised to make adequate insurance arrangements against the possibility of last minute rescheduling or cancellation of leave as a result of unforeseen and unavoidable Service requirements.
Compassionate leave and travel can be granted when a serviceman needs time off to sort out serious personal problems - if a parent is very ill for example. This can be in addition to your normal allowance. If you find yourself in such a situation contact the administrative or duty staff. If your spouse is overseas or you are away from the unit please contact the Casualty Staff at the Joint Casualty & Compassionate Cell (JCCC) Innsworth.
Service personnel may be given other periods of extra leave, for example between assignments (Relocation Leave) and at the end of an operational tour of duty (Post Operational Leave).
When you go away from your usual address, always make sure that someone you trust knows where you are going - tell the Estates Management Officer or ask your spouse to make sure his unit knows. If something goes wrong while you are away, a relative falling ill for example, it could be vital that you can be contacted.