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DARMSTADT, Germany — Nothing comes between soldiers and their Super Bowl — except a half day of work.

A U.S. Army Europe directive says because Super Bowl XXXVIII doesn’t kick off until after midnight for most of Europe, soldiers don’t have to show up for duty until 1 p.m. Monday. But civilians who want to stay up to watch the game will have to take leave if they want to take any time off.

Gen. B.B. Bell, USAREUR commander, said the command and all subordinate units will have a half-day schedule. Phones will still be covered throughout the work day, and units will be fully operational again by 1 p.m.

Although there is no commandwide directive for U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Gen. Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong has given airmen assigned to Headquarters USAFE a late reporting time of noon for Super Bowl Monday. Work times for all other Air Force personnel are left up to wing commanders, according to Capt. Richard Komurek, USAFE spokesman.

The U.S. Navy Europe will also leave Monday work times up to individual base commanders, according to Chief Petty Officer Lisa M. Novak, a NAVEUR spokeswoman. She said Navy personnel are usually allowed to come in three to four hours late on the day after the Super Bowl.

Troops stationed in England will see the kickoff on Sunday at 11:25 p.m., while those in Germany, Italy and Spain will see it at 12:25 a.m. Monday. The most die-hard fans will have their peepers peeled in Iraq and Afghanistan beginning at 2:25 a.m. and 3:55 a.m. respectively.

This year’s Super Bowl pits the New England Patriots against the Carolina Panthers.

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