With the current tempo of deployments combined with all the other commitments when back in UK there are a significant number of soldiers who will not be able to take their annual leave entitlement before 31 March. As you can only carry forward 15 days you effectively lose any days over this. I am looking to try and sqeeze in 42 days (this includes 15 days carried forward from last year) by the end of the leave-year and after a quick canvass along the corridor I am not the only one in this position. I have no doubt that there are many others in the same boat and some who will have no chance next year of achieving their entitlement. Recently I was chatting to an old regimental friend of mine who is now HR manager in a large UK company and he says that his firm's policy is that if you are unable to take your full holiday entitlement due to the company's requirements they pay you for lost days. I believe that this should be the case in the MoD too. Effectively leave that we have been unable to take is equal to pay and if, for service reasons, we are not able to take it we should not lose out financially.