Airmen may be able to carry over 'use or lose' leave

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Active-duty airmen who were unable to take annual leave this past year because they were supporting contingency operations will be allowed to accumulate more than the normal 60 days after the fiscal year ends.

Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members who performed full-time training or other full-time duty for more than 29 days are also eligible for this special leave accrual.

Those affected can retain up to 90 days of leave until the end of fiscal 2003, according to personnel officials.

"When possible, servicemembers are encouraged to use their leave in the year it is earned," said Charles Abell, assistant secretary of defense for force management policy.

Those who meet the criteria for having excess leave should apply for special leave accrual through their command channels. For more information, contact the local military personnel flight.