Originally posted by Soldier228:
ETS is your terminal leave it is so you can take care of anything you need to do before you go into the civilian world again but you won't be able to use them combined so you might want to either sell the 33 or use it and wait a little while before you try to use the 40 but the 40 is up to your commanders discretion you can get 30 anything over 30 your commander makes that decision hope this helps
He can take up to 60 days (two months) for his transition leave without higher approval. I have known soldiers that have taken 90 and 120 days for transition leave. 40 days is just a month and a half, so he is within his window for just Company Commander approval. Selling leave is a ludicrious suggestion since those leave days earned are subjected to taxes, so he will be receiving less money than what you might expect.
Also, your writing and response is confusing (maybe because it is a run-on sentence) plus it is totally inaccurate. ETS DOES NOT equate to terminal now called transition leave. ETS is the date when your active duty service obligation ends. And your response may appear to suggest that he has a total of 73 days by advising that he sells the 33 days and use the 40 days later. Wrong!
The OP has 40 days total leave days left and that's that. He has 33 days of leave that he has earned (accrued) since the last time he went on leave. He can only request up to 40 if he does not take any more personal leave between now and the day he ETS; only if it is for transition leave. So if he takes 5 days of personal leave before his ETS date, he will have an ETS balance of 35 that will be remaining for transition leave. See how that works?
If you do not believe me; look at your last end of month LES. Check the ETS balance. Take some leave and when it processes; check your ETS balance again. I bet you my whole base pay, the number will be less than before.