Apologies to all if this has featured before. In our department the policy is that if you want to apply for leave, ten working days means ten consecutive days, weekends and bank holidays included. While the rest of the battalion enjoyed a 4 day long weekend for the German bank holiday this week, the chefs worked through it. As it happened we didn't get the bank holiday off in lieu either. If we question the CofC within the troop they put their backs up and start using their rank to make us back down. As we are chefs it has been mentioned that, because we work shifts, weekends count as normal working days. This is certainly not the norm in any other workplace I've ever been attached to. This current system means that out of the three main leave periods (Easter, Summer and Christmas) we either have to choose just two of them, or only have one week leave for each period. This also means that in order to scrape 8 days off in any normal month, we're better off not putting any leave in. Sorry for the long rant, your comments please.