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Accrual of Military Leave

Pursuant to 10 U.S. Code § 701(a), military members on active duty accrue leave at the rate of 30 days per year, or 2 1/2 days per month. A full month of paid vacation per year sounds pretty generous (and it is!), but it’s value is somewhat diminished by the fact that a member on leave uses one day per day of leave, even if that day were a weekend or holiday when he/she would not be working anyway. So a full two-week vacation uses 14 days of leave, even though the member only missed 10 days of work.

The Cr Bal box of the LES shows a member’s accumulated leave. A member, with limited exceptions typically involving deployments, may only carry over 60 days leave from one fiscal year to the next (the fiscal year ends on September 30). 10 U.S. Code § 701(b). Leave in excess of 60 days is aptly called “use it or lose it” leave, and is reflected in the Use/Lose box on the LES.

Cashing In Leave

Service members are authorized to sell back their military leave, also known as cashing in their leave, when they are discharged from the military under honorable conditions. 37 U.S. Code § 501. Leave is valued at 1/30 of base pay per day cashed in. No other allowances, such as BAH or BAS, are included in the value of leave. 37 U.S. Code § 501(b)(1).

For enlisted members only, “discharge” includes the expiration of an enlistment term, even if the member reenlists. 37 U.S. Code § 501(a)(1). For purposes of dissolution, this means that the value of leave for an enlisted member with an upcoming ETS date may not be speculative - it’s readily provable.

The maximum amount of leave that can be cashed in is 60 days, per 37 U.S. Code § 501(f). This is a lifetime limit, so an enlisted member who has previously cashed in leave as part of a reenlistment will have her maximum reduced by the days previously cashed in.

Transitional Leave.

Instead of cashing-in leave, often members leaving active duty will choose to take transitional leave (formerly known as “terminal leave”). This means that they have out-processed from the military, and, for all practical purposes, are out of the military, but they still receive their full pay while on transitional leave.

The advantages to a member are that he/she receives full pay and allowances, including BAH, BAS, etc, rather than just basic pay. And, by obtaining a waiver, he/she is permitted to work while on transitional leave.

The disadvantage is that the servicemember is still, technically, on active duty in case war breaks out, or for purposes of jurisdiction if the member commits a UCMJ violation.

Treatment of Military Leave in a Divorce

A state divorce court may, under certain circumstances, treat accrued military leave as a divisible asset. As an example, if a servicemember whose basic pay is $6000 per month has exactly 30 days of accrued leave, that could be considered a $6000 asset.

In Colorado, the deciding factor is whether the employee has the right to cash in the leave, and whether its value can be determined. See the Division of Vacation & Sick Time article in the Colorado Family Law Guide for more information.


Should You Sell Back Leave or Take Terminal Leave When You Get Out?

You have decided to get out of the military but when you look at your LES you notice you have 60 days of leave on the books. You have 3 options:

  1. You can take several periods of leave between now and your separation date
  2. You can sell back your leave when you get out
  3. You can take terminal or separation leave.

What should you do?

Taking Regular Leave

This is the worst idea of the three. Sure it is nice to take leave to ease the stress, visit family, or go on vacation; but when you are due to separate from the military it is better to use that leave in other ways, let's discuss them.

Selling Back Leave

Did you know that when you get out of the military you can sell back any unused leave?

You are authorized to get a cash payment for any unused leave when you separate from the military if you are retiring or separating with an honorable discharge.

You are authorized 1/30 of your basic pay for each day of leave you sell back.

You are entitled to sell back a maximum of 60 days leave during your career, you can sell back leave any time you reenlist, extend an enlistment, or when you are discharged.

Taxes are withheld from your final payment at the rate of 25% for federal tax and varying amounts for state tax.

For example: an E-6 with 10 years service gets basic pay of $3,883 a month, this equals $129.43 a day. If you sell back the maximum of 60 days leave you would get the following from just the leave sell back:

  • $7,766 Basic Pay (subject to taxes) net $5,824

However, you will still continue to work and be paid as normal for that time period. So you would receive pay and allowances for July and August as follows:

  • $7,766 Basic Pay (subject to taxes) net $5,824
  • $773 BAS ($386.50 a month times 2)
  • $3,462 BAH ($1,731 a month times 2)

Total Pay and allowances $11,968.00

Add the leave sell back of $5,824 and you have a total compensation of $17,792.

Taking Terminal Leave

You can also take what is known as terminal or separation leave when you are being discharged.

Terminal leave is just like regular leave except that you aren't required to report back to your duty station, you can basically move back home and get paid, knowing you don't have to go back to work.

Let's take a look at the same E-6 with 10 years service we discussed above, and compare what the pay will be, let's assume you are stationed at Kitsap Navy Base - Bremerton, WA:

  • $7,766 Basic Pay (subject to taxes) net $5,824
  • $773 BAS ($386.50 a month times 2)
  • $3,462 BAH ($1,731 a month times 2)

Total Payment of $11,968.00

So which is the better deal, working those two months and selling back leave or hanging up that uniform two months early?

Which Is Better?

Well, ultimately that is all up to you and your personal situation. Is your unit deploying, do you hate your boss, do you have a cushy job, are your kids in school?

The general rule of thumb is if you have a job waiting on the outside it may be better to sell back your leave, if you don't it may be better to take terminal leave.

Let's look at examples, say you are due to get out on September 1.

  • If you sell back your leave you remain on active duty until September 1. You continue to work and draw a regular paycheck for July and August, then when you get out you get a $5,824 check and walk into a job with a civilian paycheck. You get a nice fat chunk of cash and are drawing a civilian salary. This way you probably get more money in total.
  • If you take terminal leave you will start leave June 26, draw your regular military pay for 2 months and on September 1, all the money stops since you are now out of the military. (Remember you earn 2.5 days of leave every month, so you will earn leave while you are on leave. Pretty neat! That gives you 5 extra days of terminal leave that you can take.) During July and August you can be looking for work, or laying in the sun while you are getting that nice military paycheck and sleeping till noon. Hopefully in 2 months you will have either found a job or will maybe be using your GI Bill to go to school, so when the military paycheck stops you will have another source of income.

The choices may be a bit complicated, but with a little planning and thought you can choose the option that is best for you.

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10 U.S. Code § 703 - Reenlistment leave


Leave for not more than 90 days may be authorized, in the discretion of the Secretary concerned, or his designated representative, to a member of an armed force who reenlists. Leave authorized under this section shall be deducted from leave accrued during active service before reenlistment or charged against leave that may accrue during future active service, or both.

(b) Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense, and notwithstanding subsection (a), a member who is on active duty in an area described in section 310(a)(2) or paragraph (1) or (3) of section 351(a) of title 37 and who, by reenlistment, extension of enlistment, or other voluntary action, extends his required tour of duty in that area for at least six months may be—

authorized not more than thirty days of leave, exclusive of travel time, at an authorized place selected by the member; and


transported at the expense of the United States to and from that place.

Leave under this subsection may not be charged or credited to leave that accrued or that may accrue under section 701 of this title. The provisions of this subsection shall be effective only in the case of members who extend their required tours of duty on or before June 30, 1973.

(Added Pub. L. 87–649, § 3(1), Sept. 7, 1962, 76 Stat. 493; amended Pub. L. 89–735, Nov. 2, 1966, 80 Stat. 1163; Pub. L. 90–330, June 5, 1968, 82 Stat. 170; Pub. L. 91–302, July 2, 1970, 84 Stat. 368; Pub. L. 92–481, Oct. 9, 1972, 86 Stat. 795; Pub. L. 115–91, div. A, title VI, § 618(c), Dec. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 1426.)

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