DEFINITION OF HOME LEAVE:
Home leave is a leave category available to employees who are permanently assigned to an overseas area,
were originally recruited for an overseas assignment from the United States (including its territories or
possessions), and have completed a one-time requirement of 24 months of continuous service abroad.
HOW TO GET HOME LEAVE:
The rate at which you may earn home leave depends on the Department of State's Foreign and Non-Foreign
Post Differential (FPD) rate for your permanent overseas area or foreign post.
A link to FPD rates are located below.
The home leave rates are prorated on a monthly basis at:
- 5 days per 12 months at posts with PD rates of less than 10 percent
- 10 days per 12 months at posts with PD rates of 10-15 percent
- 15 days per 12 months at posts with PD rates of 20 percent or higher
There is no limit on how much home leave you can accumulate. When taking another assignment overseas with DLA, home leave that was earned from a previous overseas assignment with another agency may be credited to the your leave account by providing the last LES from your previous overseas assignment and the SF1150 from your prior agency upon transfer to the Human Resources Overseas Team to email@example.com.
WHEN HOME LEAVE MAY BE USED:
In general, you can begin using home leave after you have completed 24
consecutive months in an overseas assignment. Home leave is requested just
like regular leave, by submitting a leave application to your supervisor for
approval. You can only use home leave in the United States (U.S.), the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the territories and possessions of the U.S.
Home leave may be used in combination with other leaves of absence, but
cannot be used as terminal leave or for a lump-sum payment. Employees that
have previously been assigned OCONUS and is returning OCONUS with a Home
Leave balance can only use that Home Leave once they have completed the
equivalent of a renewal tour (24, 18, or 12 months). (5CFR630.606c(2)