AFCO4 has a box requiring a declaration by your employer if you work for a government department. I do (local government). I asked my boss to sign said declaration. He asked the big boss. She made it clear that my joining the TA would be a career-limiting decision. Basically we have a policy that you can get special leave for the annual 2-week camp but 'I need to consider whether such an extended period of absence in addition to my annual leave is compatible with my position as a senior manager'. What to do?