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Advance Leave

Rules to request advance leave, Steps to request advance leave

Rules to request advance leave

Advance leave is chargeable leave granted in
anticipation of the accrual of leave during the remaining period of active duty
and may be granted for:

  1. A soldier who has an emergency (chap 6 AR
  2. A soldier who has an urgent personal or
    morale problem.
  3. Accession or PCS move (chap 7 AR 600-8-10).
  4. A pregnant soldier who desires home leave.

Advance leave is with pay and allowances,
including leave accrual.

Soldiers may be granted advance leave only when
accrued leave is exhausted.

Advanced leave changes to excess leave on date
of separation, reenlistment, or entry into an extension of enlistment (para
5-15L AR 600-8-10).

Advance leave may be granted together with
expiration of term of service (ETS) or retirement provided transition processing
is not interfered with.

Leave does not accrue during periods of excess

The unit commander is the approval authority
for advance leave requests for up to 30 days.Requests for advanced leave in
excess of 30 days must be forwarded to AHRC (TAPC-PDO-PO), 200 Stovall Street,
ALEX VA 22332-0474 for approval.

To avoid excessive minus leave balances,
advance leave will be limited to the minimum amount of leave needed. Further
advance leave will normally be limited to the lesser of:

  1. Thirty days.
  2. The amount of leave that will be earned
    during the remaining period of the current tour of active duty. The current
    tour of active duty includes current enlistment, excluding extensions that
    have not become effective for enlisted soldier.
  3. While serving an extension, the amount of
    leave that will accrue prior to the date of separation.

Advance leave will not be granted together with
excess leave authorized for soldiers-

  1. In professional degree programs.
  2. In officer procurement programs.
  3. Being processed for punitive,
    administrative, or disability discharge.


Steps to request advance leave


Work Center

Required Action

1 Soldier Request leave on DA Form 31,
complete blocks 2 through 11 (chap 12 AR 600-8-10).
2 Soldier On DA Form 31, block 7, check
“other”. After “other”, post advance.
3 Soldier Provide reason for request and
justification for approval (DA Form 31, block 17).
4 Soldier Include following statement in
request: “I understand that advance leave changes to excess leave on the
date of separation, reenlistment, or entry into an extension of enlistment.
I further understand that excess leave is without pay and allowances. This
includes entitlement to physical disability retired pay should I become
disabled while in an excess leave status”.
5 Soldier Forward request to unit
6 Unit Review and ensure request
meets criteria in paragraph 4-5 AR 600-8-10.
7 CDR Approve or disapprove request
if request is for less than 30 days.
8 Unit Forward requests for advance
leave of 31+ days to AHRC (TAPC-PDO-PO) recommending approval, or grant 30
days and forward request to AHRC (TAPC-PDO-PO), recommending approval, for
the remainder of leave that exceeds 30 days. (See note 1.)
9 Unit Prepare memorandum attaching a
photo copy of DA Form 31 for requests of 31+ days to begin in 30+ days.
Provide recommendation for approval POC, DSN telephone number, and explain
any unclear circumstances. (See note 2.)
10 Unit Prepare electronic message to
AHRC (TAPC-PDO-PO) for requests of 31+ days to begin in less than 30 days,
include reason for the request, recommendation for approval, POC, DSN
telephone number, and explain any unclear circumstances. (See note 3.)
11 Unit Follow leave processing
procedures for approved leave requests in paragraphs 12-1 and 12-3 AR
12 BNS1 Receive leave request from
unit and follow processing procedures in paragraphs 12-1 and 12-5 AR


  1. Do not grant partial approval if soldier
    cannot accomplish purpose for which advance leave is being granted without the
    approval of the Commanding General, AHRC, for the remainder of leave.

  2. Address for memorandum: Commander, AHRC,
    ATTN:TAPC-PDO-PO 200 Stoval Street, ALEX VA 22332-0474.
  3. Message address: CDR AHRC, ALEX VA//TAPC-PDO-PO//


Reference: AR 600-8-10 Leaves and Passes

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