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 (See also The CIAC Paddle, 18th Edition):

R&R Leave is a program governed by the DODI 1327.06. 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, Afghanistan qualifies for the non-chargeable program. Eligibility criteria for both programs are identical. 
  • All the rules pertaining to R&R leave are contained 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 Chain of Command  to the COCOM EA for Leave and Liberty Policy and/or the COCOM J1.