DoD Implements Changes to Special Leave Accrual for Service Members

Leave retention carryover is limited to 90 days and expires after two years.

The Department of Defense recently announced modifications to the special leave accrual (SLA) policy for service members. Updates made under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 will reduce the amount of accrued leave that can be retained into the following year.

Under the revised policy, service members will be able to retain 60 days of annual leave and 30 days of special leave which must be used within two fiscal years. Formerly, it was 60 days of each and the timeframe was three fiscal years.

“Any SLA leave that exceeds 90 days on or before Sept. 30, 2026, will be forfeited,” the Pentagon announced.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Defense Secretary Austin as updates are made under the NDAA.
  • For Pentagon officials as they provide recommendations to the president and Congress.
  • For U.S. military personnel deployed on active duty around the world.

Sources: Department of Defense


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