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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will allow its active-duty troops to keep up to 120 days of personal leave at the end of September as travel restrictions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic have largely kept service members from using vacation days.

"The department's actions to stem the spread of [the] coronavirus disease … to include restricting travel, has significantly limited the ability of service members to take leave during this national emergency,” Matthew Donovan, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, wrote Thursday in a memorandum announcing the change. “Leave is vital to the continued health and welfare of our service members and civilian workforce and is key to the secretary of defense’s first priority in responding to [the coronavirus] ― protecting our service members, [Defense Department] civilians and their families.” https://www.stripes.com/news/us/pentagon-allows-service-members-to-keep-more-leave-time-amid-pandemic-1.626365

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