POTL and leave - advice please



3.001 Post Operational Leave (POL) was introduced in recognition of the
stresses and strains that Operational Deployments bring to Service personnel,
their families and friends. It is awarded solely as a result of time spent on
qualifying Operations or deployments and does not apply to exercises and
maritime deployments. In cases of doubt as to whether a particular assignment
gives entitlement to POL, advice is to be sought through the single Service Front
Line Commands (or PJHQ).


3.002 POL is granted to Service personnel following periods away on
qualifying Operations or deployments and who are not entitled to Seagoers’


3.003 The allowance, additional to the Annual Leave Allowance, is one
working day of POL for every 9 calendar days deployed. There is no qualifying
period before POL can be received and entitlement will commence on the day
that Service personnel leave their permanent duty station. The POL Allowance
already takes into consideration Public Holidays that may have been missed
when on deployed operations. Missed Public Holidays are not to be awarded in
addition to the POL allowance.


3.004 POL should commence as soon as possible and ideally within one
month, after a Service person’s return from qualifying Operations or
deployments. POL is to be taken whilst on the strength of the unit with which the
Service person was deployed. Where an individual is due to be re-appointed,
posted or drafted on return, or shortly after return, to the UK, POL is to be taken
before taking up the new assignment.

3.005 There will, however, be circumstances where POL may need to be
postponed, for instance when the career interests of a Service person require
them to attend a course. Such postponements must be exceptional. POL may
also need to be postponed at times for Operational reasons, there can be no
negotiation and operational commitments must take primacy. The overriding
principle to be applied, however, should be one of fairness and POL is not to be
sacrificed for management reasons. In either of these circumstances, budget
managers are to apportion the cost of POL to the qualifying Operation or
deployment on which it was earned.


3.006 When a Service person is assigned to a qualifying Operation or
deployment that will give an entitlement to POL, the JPA system will add 1
working day’s entitlement for every 9 calendar days served on that assignment.

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