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R 171316Z FEB 23 MID200080746218U
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ: UPDATE TO MILITARY ASSIGNMENTS AND AUTHORIZED ABSENCES
A. Military Assignments and Authorized Absences, COMDTINST M1000.8A
B. Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Memorandum
dtd 20 Oct 2022, "Clarification of Convalescent Leave Policy for
Service Members Recovering from Sexual Assault".
1. This ALCOAST announces immediate changes to REF (A).
2. REF (B) provided clarification regarding non-chargeable
convalescent leave to support service members in their recovery
from sexual assault.
3. The following sections are added to REF (A):
a. Article 2.A.2.l: "Convalescent Leave for Sexual Assault
Recovery. Non-chargeable leave to allow service members time for
treatment and recuperation from sexual assault based on the
recommendation of a medical or mental healthcare provider or sexual
assault medical forensic examiner. See Article 2.A.5.k. of this
Manual for further guidance."
b. Article 2.A.5.k: "Per Department of Defense
Instruction (DoDI) 1327.06, Leave and Liberty Policy and
Procedures, CO/OICs and Military Treatment Facility (MTF)
Directors, may grant convalescent leave (non-chargeable) to
service members for their treatment and recuperation from sexual
assault based on the recommendation of a medical or mental
healthcare provider or sexual assault medical forensic examiner.
Such leave may be approved to start immediately following the
member's release from a medical facility, the completion of a
sexual assault forensic examination, or the completion of an
appointment with a health care provider after the sexual assault
incident is reported. A CO/OIC, or MTF Director may
approve convalescent leave from 1 to 30 consecutive days.
Convalescent leave exceeding 30 days is controlled at
the level designated by the Secretary concerned. There is no
cumulative limit to the number of days of convalescent leave that
may be granted."
4. Policies and standards in REF (A) not specifically addressed in
this ALCOAST remain unchanged. These changes will be incorporated
into the next revision of REF (A), which will be released within
the next year.
5. This message will be cancelled on 16 FEB 2024.
6. Questions regarding this ALCOAST may be directed to the Office
of Military Personnel Policy (CG-133) at:
7. CAPT A. W. Williams, Acting Director of Military Personnel
8. Internet release is authorized.