Airmen, including Guardsmen serving on Title 10 or Title 32 orders, can now accrue up to 120 days of annual leave for fiscal year 2021, leaders announced last week.
The increased leave is potentially double the typical 60 days of leave each year.
Air Force leaders approved the special leave accrual as many airmen were unable to use their existing leave balances due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.
Airmen will automatically be approved for the special leave accrual and can carry over use or lose leave earned between Oct. 2020 and Sept. 2021 until Sept. 30, 2024.
“Rest and recuperation are vital to morale, unit and personal performance, and overall motivation for airmen and guardians,” acting Air Force Secretary John Roth said. “The Department of the Air Force recognizes the importance to provide opportunities for its service members to use their earned leave in the year it was earned and provide respite from the work environment.”
Similar accrual guidelines were issued last year by both the Army and Air Force. Soldiers currently have until the end of fiscal 2023 to use up to 120 days of leave accrued during fiscal 2020.