Earned and Used Leave
The LES (fig. 17-1) contains all the details you need
to keep a personal record of these items. Most of the
blocks are self-explanatory. Some of the abbreviations
and the use of some of the blocks are explained on the
back of the form.
After receiving your LES, check it carefully to
verify (make sure) that the information is correct. If it
isnt correct or if you have any questions, go to your
personnel office or disbursing office.
Leave and Liberty
Leave and liberty consist of the times you are
authorized to spend away from work and off duty. Each
is a separate category, and the two cannot be combined.
LEAVE.Leave is an authorized absence similar
to vacations in civilian jobs. Basically, you will earn 30
days of leave in each year of active duty. The various
terms applied to leave are covered after you learn about
the way leave is computed and earned. Leave is shown
on your LES (fig. 17-1) in the row LEAVE.
Vacations and short periods of rest from duty
provide benefits to morale and motivation that are
essential to maintaining maximum effectiveness. The
lack of a break from the work environment adversely
affects your health, your availability, and your
Normally, youre encouraged to use your entire 30
days of leave each year. Congress has provided
compensation for you if military requirements
prevented you from using your leave. You should not be
required to expend leave immediately before separation
simply for the purpose of reducing your leave balance.
LIBERTY.Liberty is an authorized absence
from work or duty for a short period. The Navy grants
two types of libertyregular and special. Liberty is
not shown on your LES.
Regular liberty is usually granted from the end of
one work period to the beginning of the next. That
period may be from one day to the next or over a
weekend or holiday.
Special liberty is liberty granted outside of regular
liberty periods for unusual reasons, such as
compensatory time, emergencies, or voting. You may
also receive special liberty for special recognition or to
allow you to observe major religious events. Special
liberty is granted as 3-day or 4-day periods.
Three-day special liberty is a liberty period
designed to give a servicemember three full days
absence from work or duty. Three-day special liberty
usually begins at the end of normal working hours on a
given day and ends with the start of normal working
hours on the fourth dayfor example from Monday
evening until Friday morning. When a 3-day special
liberty is during regular liberty time, such as a Saturday
and Sunday with Monday or Friday a national holiday
(special work hours arent included), the time off is
treated as regular liberty.
Four-day liberty is a special liberty period granted
by the CO that gives the servicemember four full days
absence from work or duty. Usually, special liberty
begins at the end of normal working hours on a given
day and ends with the start of normal working hours on
the fifth day. Four-day special liberty includes at least
two consecutive nonwork daysfor example, from
Wednesday evening until Monday morning.
leave is a period of authorized absence given as part of
care and treatment prescribed for your recuperation and
convalescence. If you have a medical problem that
requires a period of recovery but does not require
hospitalization, your doctor may prescribe convalescent
leave. Convalescent leave is not charged to your earned,
advance, or excess leave account; it is computed
REQUESTING LEAVE.To request either
regular or emergency leave, you should use the Leave
Request/Authorization, NAVCOMPT Form 3065.
When you submit a leave request, forward the
completed form through the normal chain of command.
Emergency leave requests are hand-carried for
approval. When emergency requests need approval
after normal working hours, the command duty officer
usually approves the request.