In 2016-17, Service personnel had an average Individual Leave Allowance (ILA) entitlement of 50.3 days, similar to 51.2 days in 2015-16. Of this entitlement (2015-16 figures in brackets) (AFPRB, 2018, p.13):
- 40.1 days were used (42.5 days);
- 8.9 days were carried forward (7.7 days);
- 1.2 days were lost (1.1 days); and
- Some element of ILA was lost by 15% of Service personnel (13%).
What is the Individual Leave Allowance?
The ILA comprises:
- Annual Leave Allowance;
- Seagoers Leave;
- Post Operational Leave; and
- Authorised Absence.
ILA does not include:
- Rest and recuperation (R&R);
- Re-engagement leave; and
- Relocation leave.
How Satisfied are Service Personnel with ILA?
The Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) found that:
- 70% of respondents were satisfied with their overall leave entitlement, unchanged from the previous three years;
- 61% of respondents were satisfied with the amount of leave they were able to take in the previous 12 months (62 per cent in 2015-16); and
- 45% of respondents were satisfied with the opportunity to take leave when they wished, a slight increase from 44 per cent in 2016.
Data collected via the Continuous Working Patterns Survey suggested that:
- 41% of respondents had to change approved periods of leave for Service reasons compared to 43% in 2015-16
- 32% had to change leave once or twice (34% in 2015-16); and
- 8% had to change leave three or more times (10% in 2015-16).
AFPRB (Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body). (2018) Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body Forty-Seventh Report 2018. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/armed-forces-pay-review-body-forty-seventh-report-2018. [Accessed: 22 January, 2019].