Get the most out of Rest and Recuperation Leave

Rest and Recuperation (R&R) visits home during a deployment are looked forward to with great anticipation. R&R is a happy time for couples, children, extended family, and service members. Along with the excitement and happiness, what else should loved ones expect when a service member returns home for a brief leave period? What are some ways to prepare and make the most of this time as a family and as a couple? The resources below can help IA Sailors and their loved ones think through how to get the most out of the leave period while managing some of the stress on significant others and children that can accompany this time.

Updated IDP locations impact Rest and Recuperation (R&R) leave areas:  R&R eligibility coincides with service in a designated IDP (Imminent Danger Pay) area.  Changes to IDP certification areas affect IA eligibility to participate in R&R leave programs. IAs who are serving in locations which are no longer IDP certified will not be eligible for R&R program benefits.  However, those IAs who arrived in theater prior to 1 June 2014 and were serving in an IDP certified location prior to 1 June, 2014, will maintain their R&R program eligibility.  For those sailors serving in CENTCOM areas not eligible for R&R, the respective service component has been given authority to grant regular leave at the local Commanders discretion.  The following countries are “grandfathered” for R&R eligibility for a one-year period, effective June 1, 2014:

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tajikistan
  • Uzbekistan