Change lets troops keep two more weeks of leave

The news isn't really enough to cancel that summer trip to the shore with your family, but the Department of Defense has updated its rules allowing troops to carry over as many as 75 days of accrued leave from this fiscal year into 2011.

The move, approved by Congress last year, is designed to help troops deployed for lengthy periods to Iraq and Afghanistan to make the most of their hard-earned vacation time. Currently the law limits carry-over days to 60, but in 2008 lawmakers extended that rule another 15 days because of the large number of troops unable to use their time while stationed in combat zones.

But all servicemembers benefited from the change. It was set to expire this fall, but will now last until 2013 under the latest update.


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