Military Leave



Policy/Operational Procedure Name:

Military Leave


Kathy McKinley
Executive Director, Human Resources


Human Resources

Effective Date(s):

July 1, 2015

Next Review Date:

July 1, 2017



25 NCAC 01E .0802


Policy Statement

Military leave is a uniform state policy and is granted to members of reserve components of the US Armed Forces for active duty training and state military duty.


Military leave for 80 working hours may be granted to members of reserve components for annual training. Military leave for active state duty involving the National Guard as authorized by the governor is considered separate from, and in addition to, military leave for US Reserve components. Regularly scheduled unit assemblies, usually occurring on weekends and referred to as "drill," do not qualify for leave with pay. Reserve components of the US Armed Forces are the National Guard, the Army Reserve, the Naval Reserve, the Marine Corps Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, and the Coast Guard Reserve. The Civil Air Patrol is not a reserve component and is not eligible for leave for normal training. However, in cases of local, state, and/or national emergencies, the Civil Air Patrol may be called to duty by government authorities. In these cases, Civil Air Patrol employees may qualify for leave during the time they are on active duty.

Employees desiring to take military leave should make application to the president via their supervisor and division Head. Applications should be submitted in advance of the leave to ensure coverage of work assignments during their absence. Employees should submit a copy of their orders or other appropriate documentation providing evidence of required military duty.

Military families are also entitled to the following:

  • Eligible employees with a spouse, son, daughter, or parent on active duty or call to active duty status in the National Guard or Reserves in support of a contingency operation may use their 12-week leave entitlement to address certain qualifying exigencies.

  • FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) also includes a special leave entitlement that permits eligible employees to take up to 26 weeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered service member.