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Special Leave

Special leave allows you to take time off work in addition to annual leave in the event of specific circumstances.

Special Leave

Who is it for?

All MOD Civilians


What is it for?

Special leave is time off work has granted for a variety of reasons in addition to any annual, maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental, parental, flexi leave, bank or privilege holidays or time off in lieu.


What do I get?

You cannot plan for everything in life and MOD recognises this by awarding special leave in both unplanned and planned circumstances, including bereavement, studying, jury service, volunteering, Reservist Service, public duties and certain sporting events. Special leave can be either paid or unpaid and limits vary.

There may be times where you wish to take an extended period of time away from work and Extended Special Unpaid Leave (Ex-SUL) enables you to do so. Ex-SUL allows you to take an unpaid period of absence from work of more than 3 months and up to 3 years. This can help you to fulfil caring responsibilities for children or elderly relatives, accompany your spouse or partner on a posting, study for a further qualification, travel or simply have a break from work.


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