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“Soldiers are very dedicated to their jobs, to the point that they are reluctant to take leave,” he said. “It is good to know that they are really dedicated, but they also need to make their own well-being and their Families a priority.


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DOD encourages service members to take leave whenever possible; however, it's not always possible due to deployments and operational commitments, Pentagon officials said, though some extensions have been granted due to long deployments.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides special rights to request for leave, Eligible soldier's may take up to 8 weeks of leave per year to deal with certain issues (called "qualifying exigencies") relating to a family member's active duty or call to active duty.

All restored annual leave must be scheduled and used not later than the end of the leave year ending two years from the year the annual leave was earned after the termination of the current emergency.

Military Leave/Retirement Process

Retirement Decision

Military personnel make the decision to retire from active service and initiate the retirement process. This decision is typically made after meeting specific eligibility criteria and considering personal circumstances.

Pre-Retirement Planning

Personnel engage in pre-retirement planning, which may involve attending retirement briefings, reviewing retirement benefits, and consulting with financial advisors to ensure a smooth transition into retirement.

Retirement Application

Personnel complete and submit the retirement application, providing necessary information such as desired retirement date, service history, and other required documentation.

Retirement Processing

The retirement application undergoes a processing phase, during which the relevant military authorities review the application, verify eligibility, calculate retirement benefits, and address any outstanding administrative requirements.

Retirement Ceremony

A retirement ceremony is typically conducted to honor the retiring military personnel. It may involve formal military traditions, speeches, presentations, and the awarding of honors and certificates.

Post-Retirement Transition

Following retirement, personnel transition into civilian life, which may include activities such as job searching, pursuing further education, accessing healthcare benefits, and managing retirement benefits and pension payments.

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