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Get the most out of Rest and Recuperation (R&R) 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.

R&R Policy Update (30 January 2017):

R&R Leave is a program governed by the DODI 1327.06 "Leave and Liberty Policies and Procedures" June 16, 2009 (Incorporating Change 3, Effective May 19, 2016). Recent changes to policy have necessitated a change to the way the Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs) have been administering R&R.   As a Navy IA, the following information is what you need to know and understand regarding the current R&R policy:  

  • There are two types of R&R:  Chargeable R&R (C-R&R) leave and Non-Chargeable R&R (NC-R&R) administrative absence.
  • C-R&R and NC-R&R are used in areas where ordinary annual leave programs have been restricted for reasons of military necessity per DODI 1327.06 paragraphs 1.j.9 and 10 respectively.
  • C-R&R leave locations are listed in the JTR, Chapter 4, Section 0405.  Here are the authorized R&R duty locations and destinations  from the DTMO website.  
    • To be eligible C-R&R leave, Service members must be on a minimum of 365-day deployment orders or 365-day mobilization orders and be projected to physically spend at least 365 days or more at the authorized R&R location (effective 08 JUN 2015). 
    • Iraq and Afghanistan currently are NCR&R administrative absence locations.
  • NC-R&R administrative absence locations are currently limited to Iraq and Afghanistan.
    • To be eligible for NC-R&R administrative absence (no more than 15 days), Service members must be on a minimum of 365-day deployment orders or 365-day mobilization orders to an approved NC-R&R location and physically spend at least 270 days or more at the approved NC-R&R location. (Effective 07 DEC 2016).

The Army Service Component Command administers the R&R program for their respective Combatant Commander.  Once in theater, if C-R&R/NC-R&R eligible, you will work with your Tactical Control (TACON) command to generate the R&R request and it will be routed through either U.S. Army Central Command (USARCENT) or U.S. Army Africa Command (USARAF).

USFF will make all efforts to ensure that IA orders are written for a sufficient duration to enable Navy personnel who desire to take C-R&R/NC-R&R the opportunity to meet eligibility criteria.  In some cases, this will be facilitated by offering a voluntary extension to orders (via p. 13 received during mobilization processing at ECRC).  In other cases, tour lengths will fall well below the needed BOG length and will not be extended.  USFF cannot guarantee that all IAs will be allowed to extend their orders to qualify for C-R&R/NC-R&R.  However, we can guarantee that we will examine all extension requests on a case by case basis and do our best to honor the Sailor’s desire. 
Questions regarding C-R&R/NC-R&R should be addressed through your current Chain of Command.  Messaging regarding these changes is underway via email, newsletter, updates to, and widest dissemination of briefing slides to IA stakeholders.  If theater Chain of Command cannot address your R&R questions, contact USFF IA Support at