Leave and Liberty ::
authorized vacation or absence from duty, as distinguished
from liberty. Liberty is the authorized absence of a
Marine from a place of duty for short periods and not
chargeable to the leave account. In a civilian job, your
annual vacation would be the counterpart of leave.
Weekends, periods between the end of one work day and the
beginning of work the next and occasional days or
afternoons off not counting against your annual vacation
would correspond to liberty.
Marines may be granted annual leave at any time the
absence would not be inconsistent with operational
readiness requirements or the accomplishment of the
mission of the command. Marines may not always be able to
get their annual leave at the particular period or periods
they would like. CO's are restricted as to the number of
Marines they may allow to be on leave at one time. They
must grant leave so that there is the least interference
with duty and training schedules. Marines need not take
all of their annual leave during one continuous period.
They may take portions of it at different times during the
Leave is earned at the rate of two and one half days a
month. In twelve months they earn 30 days leave. No leave
is earned during periods of unauthorized absence or during
periods of confinement serving sentence of a
court-martial. Their monthly Leave and Earnings Statement
(LES) will keep them advised of their leave status.
A Marine mat not be authorized more than 60 days annual
leave during any fiscal year, nor may a Marine be
authorized annual leave for a continuous period of more
than 60 days unless specifically authorized by the
Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Leave is granted
to a Marine, with pay and allowances, prior to its accrual
based on the reasonable expectation that the amount
advanced will be earned before a Marine's separation, or
in the case of a Marine who has executed a first extension
of enlistment, before the effective date of that
granted in excess of accrued and advance leave and its the
term used to describe a minus leave balance on the
effective date of separation. A minus balance on the date
of discharge for the purpose of immediate reenlistment is
excess leave only to the extent that it exceeds the leave
accrual potential of the unserved period of enlistment
terminated by the discharge.
is authorized under the following circumstances as
verified by such means as the leave granting authority
considers sufficient. Verification may be by letter,
telegram, or telephone call from a family member,
minister, physician, American Red Cross, etc.
Upon the death of a
family member of a Marine's immediate family, i.e.,
father, mother, person standing in for a parent, spouse,
son, daughter, brother, sister, or any only living
When the return of a
Marine will contribute to the welfare of a dying member
of his or her immediate family as defined above.
When due to any serious
illness or injury or a member of a Marine's immediate
family as defined above, important responsibilities are
placed upon a Marine which cannot be accomplished from
the duty station.
When failure to return
home would create a serious and unusual hardship on a
Marine or the family.
Marines may not go on leave without a written leave
authorization which will prescribe the date and time their
leave is effective and the date and time their leave ends.
Marines are to keep their leave authorization with them
while they are on leave and return it to their unit office
when they get back.
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