There was a DCI/DIN released on this late last year. According to the latest MS Newsletter released this week, the first people to apply are beginning their career breaks this year.
The Army CB DIN published on 1 Oct 05 (DIN 02-19 gives detail on the process for CB applications. Requests should be submitted to parent MCM Div through chain of command using the application form contained at Annex A to the DIN. Intent is for first authorised CB to start 1 May 06.
There is DIN or LANDSO out about it however the long and short of it is there are a number of hoops to jump thorugh not least of which is a CoC and CO willing to stand the gap for the period you are away.
Y List - pregnancy
Y List - illness
Suspended from duty - fingers caught in till or in Private Bloggs' privates
Gardening leave - if one doesn't have a job to go to (Colonels only?)
The latest wheeze
It will be interesting to see if anyone manages to have a career break under the new rules. However, unless AG directs that a key target for MCM Div is to ensure that x% of the Army is given a career break when they ask for it, then it will never happen.
I have a small number of years left to serve, and a career break would allow me the time to review where I want to go. I recognise, however, that having sampled life outside, I might not want to return and complete my service! Presumably, my desk officer is astute enough to realise that!
somebody mentioned a few weeks ago that there is (apparently) something you can take called a "sabbatical" from the Army - up to two years, unpaid (obviously), return in same rank with no loss of seniority, and the period you were off is added to the end of your 22 year contract (or whatever contract you are on).
sounds like a brilliant idea, but probably too sensible, too attractive and therefore too good to be true.