Military Leave

If you enlist in or are called to active duty in any of the uniformed armed service branches and their reserves, the US Coast Guard, the National Guard and the uniformed branches of the US Public Health Service, you have rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Washington state law. These rights include:

  • 21 work days of paid military leave annually, from October 1 through September 30.
  • Up to five (5) years of unpaid military leave with specified return to work rights when called to active duty.


To request military leave, submit the Military Leave of Absence Request form to your unit.  Academic Human Resources will notify you when your leave is approved and processed.


Military leave of less than 31 days is covered by employer-paid medical and dental benefits to the end of the month in which the leave occurs. You remain responsible for any employee contributions or copays. Contact the Benefits Office to discuss benefits continuation if your military leave is longer than 31 days.

Under University policy, you may intersperse your monthly use of available paid leave time over a period up to 15 months to retain employer-paid medical and dental insurance benefits for as long as possible while on military leave.

Additional Resources

APS 45.4

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)