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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


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