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Using Convalescent Leave

Rules and Steps to use convalescent leave

Rules to use convalescent leave

Convalescent leave is a nonchargeable absence from duty granted to expedite a soldier's return to full duty after illness, injury, or childbirth.

The hospital commander or designee is the approval authority for convalescent leave for 30 days or less (42 days after normal pregnancy and childbirth). Only hospital commanders will approve convalescent leave in excess of 42 days after childbirth when a soldier is assigned or attached to the medical holding unit (AR 40-3, para 9-2) during one continuous period of hospitalization. If the soldier is not hospitalized, unit commander is the approval authority (para 5-5 AR 600-8-10).

The unit commander is the approval authority for up to 30 days convalescent leave (42 days after normal pregnancy and childbirth) for a soldier returning to duty after illness or injury (para 5-7 AR 600-8-10).

The approval authorities establish procedures for granting convalescent leave.

Hospital commanders are the only approval authority for requests in excess of 30 days (or in excess of 42 days for childbirth).

 

Steps to use convalescent leave

Step Work Center Action
1 MTF Physicians determine leave to be necessary in the care and treatment prescribed for recuperation and convalescence.
2 MTF Physicians recommend a period of convalescent leave, with full justification, to the approval authority.
3 CDR Limit leave to the minimum amount of time essential to meet medical needs.
4 CDR Consider diagnosis, prognosis, and probable final disposition of soldier.
5 MTF If requested by commander, hospital commanders confirm physician's recommendation.
6 MTF Advise soldier to report any complications or medical problems.
7 MTF If warranted by medical condition, hospital commander grants leave extension or considers other appropriate options.
8 MTF Advise soldiers whether they are to return to the hospital or place of duty after convalescent leave.
9 CDR Consider granting soldier's request for additional accrued, advanced, and or excess leave, as appropriate.

 

Granting Convalescent Leave to Soldiers Assigned or Attached to a Medical Treatment Facility

Rules to grant convalescent leave to soldiers assigned or attached to a medical treatment facility

The hospital commander or designee is the approval authority for convalescent leave.

See paragraphs 5-3 and 5-4 AR 600-8-10 concerning convalescent leave.

Normally granted 42 days to soldier after pregnancy and childbirth.

  1. If soldier desires to return to duty after less than 42 days, physician must approve.
  2. A commander may require early return of a soldier if that soldier's absence will clearly adversely affect the readiness or operational mission of the soldier's unit. A cognizant military health authority determines that such action is medically acceptable.

Soldiers granted convalescent leave for illness or injury incurred in line of duty while eligible for receipt of hostile fire and imminent danger pay under section 310, title 37, United States Code (37 USC 310) are entitled to funded travel and transportation per JFTR, paragraph U7210.

 

Steps to grant convalescent leave to soldiers assigned or attached to a medical treatment facility

Step Work Center Action
1 MTF Establish procedures for granting convalescent leave.
2 MTF Use DA Form 31 to authorize convalescent leave (chap 12 AR 600-8-10).
3 MTF On DA Form 31, complete blocks 1 through 5, 7, and 8. In block 7 check "other". After other, post convalescent.
4 MTF Annotate "CONV" over block 1 on DA Form 31. (BNS1 will insert control number.)
5 MTF Specify on DA Form 31 in block 17 whether soldier is to return to the MTF or place of duty after convalescent leave.
6 MTF Photocopy original DA Form 31 and maintain copy for 6 months.
7 MTF Provide soldier with soldier's copy of DA Form 31.
8 MTF Provide original and suspense copies to soldier's unit commander (forward to gaining unit commander when applicable).
9 MTF Determine leave to be necessary in the care and treatment prescribed for recuperation and convalescence.
10 MTF Limit convalescent leave to minimum amount of time essential to meet medical needs except following pregnancy and childbirth.
11 MTF Advise soldier to report any complications or medical problems.
12 MTF Provide administrative support to soldiers during periods of convalescence, when requested.
13 MTF Accomplish actions pertaining to pay, morale, and welfare as if soldiers were assigned to hospital.
14 MTF Grant leave (ordinary, advance, excess, as applicable) for period between expiration of convalescent leave and soldier's return to parent organization when distance prevents immediate return.
15 Unit Follow leave processing procedures in paragraphs 12-1, 12-31, and 12-32 AR 600-8-10.
16 BNS1 Follow leave processing procedures in paragraph 12-31 AR 600-8-10.

Reference: AR 600-8-10, Leaves and Passes