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If you are in the National Guard or are an Armed Forces Reservist, are in a full-time federal civilian position and your federal civilian appointment is not limited to a one year duration, you are entitled to military leave for certain types of active or inactive duty. If you are a part-time career employee or on an uncommon tour of duty, you may also be eligible for military leave. 
Military Leave

Available Law Enforcement/Military Contingency Leave

Effective November 24, 2003, if you perform full-time military service as a result of a call or order to active duty in support of a contingency operation, you may be entitled to an additional 22 days of leave from your civilian duties each calendar year. You are also entitled to this leave if you are activated for a state emergency on orders from the Governor of that state. If you meet the eligibility requirements for using the 22 workdays of military leave, you may elect to use accrued annual leave or available compensatory time earned prior to using the 22 workdays of military leave. Please note that the absence period may not be charged to sick leave.

Requesting Military Leave

Military leave should be requested and approved as far in advance as possible to allow the supervisor to accommodate the absence; the same as any other type of leave. There is no requirement to use the OPM Form 71 to request leave but it is the recommend form. Employees need to include the specific dates/hours they want military leave to cover and attach a copy of the military orders which support the request (if available). Specify the type of military leave requested; e.g., normal activity duty; support of a contingency operation; law enforcement support; technicians performing noncombat operations outside the US; or parade/encampment. Upon returning to work the employee must provide the supervisor with acceptable supporting documentation; e.g., properly authorized military orders, to support the specific military leave. Documentation must include dates, times, and signatures verifying that the period of active duty was performed.

OPM Fact Sheet: Military Leave  
OPM Frequently-Asked Questions: Military Leave  
DoD Financial Management Regulations (Volume 8, Section 0518): Military Leave