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    Default Via Army Times - Combat Troops now get extra time off

    Combat troops now get extra time off

    By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
    Posted : Tuesday Mar 23, 2010 16:48:56 EDT

    Service members deployed for 270 days or more in Iraq or Afghanistan now qualify for 15 days of “administrative absence” on top of their regular annual leave, under a new nonchargeable rest and recuperation policy announced by the Pentagon on Monday.

    “This designation provides an additional benefit specifically for those service members deployed to the most arduous combat areas,” Sam Retherford, the Pentagon’s director of officer and enlisted personnel management, said in a statement. “Administrative absence days, in conjunction with government-funded transportation for R&R, allow service members to save and use their annual leave for reintegration with their families and communities when they return home.”

    The benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan are effective Tuesday, March 23, the Pentagon said.

    Granting of the days is contingent upon mission requirements and authorized only for those service members who take part in the Non-Chargeable Rest and Recuperation program.

    The no-charge administrative leave program is being limited to those in the “most arduous” areas, Retherford said.

    Combatant commanders can ask the Pentagon to designate additional locations for the NCR&R if the area/location:

    • Is a place where U.S. forces have been engaged in combat operations against a hostile force within the last six months and where actual combat operations are expected to continue.

    • Meets R&R leave program criteria.

    • Is in a combat zone designated by presidential executive order.

    • Is in an area where service members are exposed to the most arduous conditions (for example, locations for which Hardship Duty Pay is authorized).
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    Sadly, I was not grandfathered with this change. I am still deployed, have over 270 days deployed but because I took my R&R last year; I get charged 15 days. Oh well, the Army never has been fair lol.
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    Sounds like it has way too many "Grey area" restrictions that still gives the CDR's too much leway with this program. Either remove the restrictions and open it up for all "war" deployed soldiers or dont offer such a program at all. Given the CDR's final say is just not right. I used to hate those CDR remarks "to important, cant afford to lose you for a day ect". Weak excuses.
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    I say it's about time, they should have been doing it from the start. Took them long enough to figure it out.

    And actually it's for all Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, units are already briefing it. When I initially read it, it does have odd wording implying that it's still up to commander's to decide but Soldiers who are deployed over 270 days qualify and will receive it.

    The Army has been giving admin leave to Soldiers for a couple years AFTER deployment. My husband received 24 non-chargeable leave days upon his return this last go round because he had deployed twice in a 36 month period, so he barely used any of his leave for our block leave which was very nice. Soldiers qualified for different amounts, I thought that was nice.

    This doesn't help anyone before 23 March, but it will be a blessing to many since I know we have used up leave before and after deployment and with PCS moves after rotations, so it will be nice for them to know they will have leave on the books in case of emergency or whatever.
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    already some issues going on through the grapevine. Many units have soldiers that already have taken leave and many others that havent. so half the unit gets its nice lol. so wondering what the frago will be lol
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    Not that the powers that be are concerned about fairness, but it should be retroactive to everyone. Those who had previously been deployed, or already 'spent' their leave, should be given monetary compensation that is equivalent (like companies that give pay for unused vacation time).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armymom09 View Post
    Not that the powers that be are concerned about fairness, but it should be retroactive to everyone. Those who had previously been deployed, or already 'spent' their leave, should be given monetary compensation that is equivalent (like companies that give pay for unused vacation time).
    Yeah, that's not likely to happen, nor do many expect that either. It's just the way things happen. The Army is getting smarter. It's not perfect but they are trying constantly to make things better.

    Early on Soldiers had to pay for their own way home from a combat zone, they changed that early on. Why it took so long for them to do this..who knows but at least they did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyGirl4ever View Post
    Yeah, that's not likely to happen, nor do many expect that either. It's just the way things happen. The Army is getting smarter. It's not perfect but they are trying constantly to make things better.

    Early on Soldiers had to pay for their own way home from a combat zone, they changed that early on. Why it took so long for them to do this..who knows but at least they did.
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    I agree with Armygirl4ever and Nightflyer, its a positive thing and should be received postively... like all moves when it comes to benefits, theres a transition period where folks miss out by a hairs breath, and a % will whine and moan about it... But look in it this day... next deployment, theres a sweet cherry on top upon its completion...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exo1 View Post
    I agree with Armygirl4ever and Nightflyer, its a positive thing and should be received postively... like all moves when it comes to benefits, theres a transition period where folks miss out by a hairs breath, and a % will whine and moan about it... But look in it this day... next deployment, theres a sweet cherry on top upon its completion...
    My husband has no expectations to see anything retroactive.

    Even Chief Q on here laughed it off about missing it by a few months. I have a friend who's husband went back on March 22, lol.

    It is what it is...a good thing to look forward to in the future.
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