Rules to use convalescent leave
Convalescent leave is a nonchargeable absence from duty granted to expedite a soldier’s return to full duty after illness, injury, or childbirth.
The hospital commander or designated representative is the approval authority for convalescent leave for 30 days or less (42 days after normal pregnancy and childbirth). Only hospital commanders will approve convalescent leave in excess of 42 days after childbirth when a soldier is assigned or attached to the medical holding unit (AR 40–3, para 9–2) during one continuous period of hospitalization. If the soldier is not hospitalized, unit commander is the approval authority (AR 600-8-10 para 5–5).
The unit commander is the approval authority for up to 30 days convalescent leave (42 days after normal pregnancy and childbirth) for a soldier returning to duty after illness or injury. The approval authorities establish procedures for granting convalescent leave. Hospital commanders are the only approval authority for requests in excess of 30 days (or in excess of 42 days for childbirth).
Rules to grant convalescent leave when soldiers return to unit after illness or injury Unit commanders may grant up to a maximum of 30 days convalescent leave during one continuous period to soldiers who have been returned to duty after illness or injury. This period is extended to 42 days following pregnancy and childbirth. (Beyond 42 days, hospital Commander is the only approval authority.)