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Determining Chargeable or Nonchargeable Absence for Public Holidays

Rules and steps for determining chargeable or nonchargeable absence for public holidays

Rules to determine chargeable or
nonchargeable absence for public holidays

Commanders will provide for observance of
public holidays. Commanders may restrict observance due to military operations.

A public holiday may be a chargeable or
nonchargeable absence.

Section 6103, title 5, United States Code (5
USC 6103) establishes public holidays:

  1. New Year’s Day, 1 January.
  2. Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the
    third Monday in January.
  3. President’s Birthday, the third Monday in
  4. Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.
  5. Independence Day, 4 July.
  6. Labor Day, the first Monday in September.
  7. Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.
  8. Veterans Day, 11 November.
  9. Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in
  10. Christmas Day, 25 December.
  11. Others, when directed by proper authority
    under law.

When the holiday falls on a Saturday, observe
the holiday on the preceding Friday.

When the holiday falls on a Sunday, observe the
holiday the following Monday.


Steps to determine chargeable or
nonchargeable absence for public holidays

Step Work Center Required
1 Unit When a soldier’s leave
terminates on a holiday, do not charge as leave.
2 Unit When a soldier’s leave begins
on a holiday, charge as a day of leave.
3 Unit When a holiday falls within a
soldier’s leave dates, charge as a day of leave.

Reference AR 600-8-10 Leaves and Passes

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