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.

Update to the R&R Leave Policy (The CIAC Paddle, 18th Edition):

R&R Leave is a program governed by the Department of Defense Instruction 1327.06 (16 Jun 2009, incorporating change 2). Recently, a memorandum clarifying that instruction has caused an update to the Joint Travel Regulations and has also necessitated a change to the way the COCOM’s have been employing the policy. As a Navy IA, the below is what you need to know and understand in regard to R&R:

  • There are two types of R&R—chargeable R&R leave and non-chargeable R&R administrative absence. Currently, NO areas in the world qualify for the non-chargeable R&R administrative absence. The only program in effect now is the chargeable R&R leave program
  • All the rules pertaining to chargeable R&R leave are in the DODI 1327.06. To be eligible to take chargeable R&R leave, a member must spend 12 months assigned to the R&R location (including extensions, but independent of pre-deployment training/processing spent in CONUS).

R&R leave is limited to one time per 12 months assigned/deployed to an approved R&R duty location.

Questions regarding R&R should be directed to your CTF J1 or via your COC to the COCOM EA for Leave and Liberty Policy and/or the COCOM J1.

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