Patients, as well as their authorized escorts and attendants, and medical providers are allowed to travel for the treatment of DoD personnel and their family members. Leave is vital to the continued health and “Local commanders will exercise prudent judgment when determining mission-essential travel and granting waivers, and err on the side of conservatism,” Nowell wrote. Stripes Japan The expectation is that these waivers are done on a case-by-case basis and that they are very limited in number.”. As the Navy’s understanding of COVID-19 evolves and conditions change, Nowell wrote, all guidance will continue to be evaluated. The accrual authorization was effective March 11 through Sept. 30, 2020. "Commanders will continue to encourage and to provide members with the opportunity to use leave in the year in which it is earned,” Donovan wrote in his memo. Exemptions from the continued travel restrictions remain in place and were clarified in the message. Normally, service members are allowed to retain up to 60 days of unused leave from one fiscal year to the next. © 2020 Hirepurpose. Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered the U.S. military to halt domestic and international travel in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Sailors who earned more than 120 days by the end of fiscal 2020 on Sept. 30 will only carry over 120 days of leave, and any remaining leave that exceeds 60 days after Sept. 30, 2023, will no longer be available. The changes in leave policy stem from a special leave accrual directive that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper approved in April for all service members. Among those current policies is guidance for pregnant Sailors, those with expired Common Access Cards, information on leave accumulation, selection boards and COVID-19 entitlements among several others. The latest DoD policies can be found at: “Our workforce is our first line of defense,” Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, the Navy’s Chief of Naval Personnel wrote in the message. "Leave is vital to the continued health and welfare of our service members and civilian workforce". The move is meant to ensure that troops do not lose any of their accrued leave time due to the travel restrictions imposed amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to an April 16 memo signed by Matthew Donovan, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Unlike previous years, where leave exceeding 60 days must be forfeited, sailors who earned additional leave between March 11 and Sept. 30 can save up to 120 days of leave and have until Sept. 30, 2023, to use it, the Navy said. Navy personnel officials encourage Sailors and Navy civilians to read through the message carefully, in its entirety, as it also contains clarification for some policies already in place. This is an unofficial website that includes the listing of telephone numbers of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard commands in the state of Washington. Esper told reporters on Tuesday that he expects to extend the stop movement order beyond its initial May 15 deadline. “While I understand the impact this has on our troops and their families, this is a necessary measure to keep our people safe and our military ready to act,” Esper said during a Pentagon news conference. WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense’s ongoing travel restrictions and Stop Movement order has been extended, meaning that, unless rescinded earlier, this update keeps all Navy permanent change of station moves and non-essential official travel on hold until June 30. The Defense Department is allowing troops to retain up to 120 days of unused leave until Sept. 30, 2023 so that service members do not lose any accrued time off due to COVID-19 travel restrictions The extension was announced in NAVADMIN 116/20, released April 21. Flipboard: Stars and Stripes Community Sites, Looking to travel while stationed abroad? The leave’s accrual dates are not impacted by other leave authorizations sailors might have had to rack up additional leave, including leave they earned during deployments to hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay zones. New DOD Policy Allows Service Members Special Leave Accrual by ADC | Apr 16, 2020 | COVID-19 , DC360 , Military Families , On Base In a recent memo addressing service members’ ability to take and manage leave, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Matthew Donovan issued an order authorizing the accumulation of leave from March 11th to September 30th. The appearance of advertisements on this website does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Defense or the Army, Air Force, Navy, or Marine Corps or Coast Guard of products or services advertised. As was announced previously, transfers for those retiring and separating are not affected by this order. The account balance of ordinary earned or accrued leave must be reduced to 60 days at the end of the fiscal year (FY), except in the case of special accrual. He can be reached via email at or direct message @JeffSchogol on Twitter. Since the Navy's first announcement in mid-March to stop movement due to COVID-19 global health pandemic, MNCC personnel working at Navy Personnel Command have been working round-the-clock to assist Sailors who have been impacted. This authorization applies to leave earned between March 11 and Sept. 30, 2020 and Sailors will have until the end of fiscal-year 2023 to use or lose those days. Stripes Korea The message replaces NAVADMIN 080/20, released March 21, and is an updated version of the “one-stop” roll-up of all the Navy’s personnel-related policies in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the force. Subscribe to our Stripes Pacific newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, cultural information, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox! It is published by West Coast Publishing, a firm in no way connected with the Department of Defense, the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. Stripes Guam. Any leave they accrue on top of that must be taken by the end of the fiscal year or it will be eliminated. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is tracking the leave and sailors will see the additional time off marked as “CZ leave carry over bal” in their Leave and Earnings Statement by Oct. 31. The message also announced recently approved special leave accrual for military members on active duty, of up to 120-days because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. “All hands must proactively take action to ensure the health of our force and to ensure we mitigate the spread of COVID-19, in order to maintain our readiness.”. There’s no need for sailors to take action to ensure they are entitled to the additional leave. Travel for deployments and redeployments – including U.S. Navy vessels, embarked units and personnel - is also authorized. Sailors who earned more than 120 days by the end of fiscal 2020 on Sept. 30 will only carry over 120 days of leave, and any remaining leave that exceeds 60 days after Sept. 30, 2023, will no longer be available.