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Leaves and Passes, AR 600-8-10

1. What publication covers Leaves and Passes?
A: AR 600-8-10

2. What does AR 600-8-10 cover?
A: Leaves and Passes

3. Para 2-2 What Soldiers run the risk of losing leave?
A: Soldiers who maintain a 60-day leave balance, and wait late in the FY to take leave

4. Para 2-3 How much Leave do Soldiers on active duty earn?
A: Soldiers on active duty earn 30 days of leave a year at the rate of 2 1⁄2 days a month

5. Para 2-3 What situations do not allow Soldiers to earn leave?
A: (1) Soldiers AWOL
(2) Confinement resulting from a court-martial sentence.
(3) Confinement for more than 1 day while awaiting court-martial provided Soldier is convicted.
(4) Excess leave.
(5) Unauthorized absence because of detention by civil authorities 
(6) Absence in custody of civil authorities under provisions of Article 14, Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)
(7) Absence over 1 duty day due to use of drugs or alcohol or because of disease or injury resulting from Soldier’s misconduct

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6. Para 2-3 How many days of leave can Soldiers carry forward at beginning of fiscal year?
A: No more than 60; unless authorized to maintain more for certain purposes.

7. Para 2-3 What happens if a Soldier carries more than 60 days of leave on 1 Oct?
A: The Soldier will lose any days over 60 that they have

8. Para 2-4 What is the maximum amount of leave that a Soldier can be paid for over a career?
A: Payment of accrued leave is limited to 60 days one time during a military career

9. Para 3-1 What is the intent of special leave accrual?

A: The intent of special leave accrual is to provide relief to Soldiers who are not allowed leave when undergoing lengthy deployment or during periods of hostility


10. Para 3-2 Who is authorized special leave accrual?

A: To Soldiers who served in an area in which he or she was entitled to hostile fire or imminent danger pay for at least 120 continuous days.


11. Para 3-2 What other Soldiers may be authorized special leave accrual?

(1) Deployed for a lengthy period, normally 60 or more days.

(2) Deployed to meet a contingency operation of the United States.

(3) Deployed to enforce national policy or an international agreement based on a national emergency or in the need to defend national security.

(4) Prevented from using leave through the end of the FY because of deployment


12. Para 3-3 How many days does special leave accrual authorizes Soldiers to carry forward past 1 Oct?

A: Up to 90 days of leave at the end of an FY (60 days normal leave carry over plus 30 days special leave accrual)


13. Para 3-3 When must special leave accrual be used by?

A: must be used before the end of the third fiscal year after the fiscal year in which the qualifying service ended


14. Para 4-1 Can a Soldier take leave one week and then take leave again the following week without a duty day in between?

A: No; there must be a duty day in between two separate leave forms


15. Para 4-5 What Soldiers are authorized to take advanced leave?

A: (1) A Soldier who has an emergency 

(2) A Soldier who has an urgent personal or morale problem.

(3) Accession or PCS move 

(4) A pregnant Soldier who desires home leave


16. Para 4-5 What is the maximum amount of advanced leave a Commander can approve?

A: Up to 30 days advanced leave


17. Para 4-7 What does EML stand for?

A: Environmental morale leave


18. Para 4-7 What are the types of locations where EML can be developed by unified Commanders?

A: (1) Extraordinarily difficult living conditions, including geographic isolation, inadequate commercial transportation, and lack of adequate cultural and recreational opportunities.  Locations must be truly isolated, austere, or environmentally depressed to be designated for EML.

(2) Notably unhealthy conditions, including lack of public sanitation, inadequate health control measures, and high incidence of diseases and epidemics.

(3) Excessive physical hardship from climate, altitude, or dangerous conditions affecting life, physical well-being, or mental health 


19. Para 4-7 Who is EML authorized for?

A: Soldiers and their Dependents


20. Para 4-9 What are the two types of EML?

A: Funded and Nonfunded.


21 Para 4-17 What does COT stand for?

A: Consecutive Oversees Tour


22. Para 4-17 What is COT leave?

A: Chargeable leave granted together with Army funded transoceanic travel and transportation for Soldier and dependents


23. Para 4-19 How many days leave can a Soldier be authorized for reenlistment?

A: Authorized at least 30 days and up to 90 days reenlistment leave


24. Para 4-21 What is transition leave?

A: Chargeable leave granted together with transition from the Service, including retirement


25. Para 4-23 What is rest and recuperation leave?

A: Chargeable leave program that authorizes use of ordinary leave to allow Soldiers leave away from hostile fire and imminent danger areas


26. Para 4-23 When is the Soldier charged for R&R leave?

A: Chargeable leave begins the day after the Soldier arrives at the APOD and Chargeable leave ends the day prior to the day the Soldier returns to the APOE


27. Para 4-27 What is pregnancy home leave?

A: Chargeable leave (ordinary, advanced, excess) requested by a Soldier to return home or another place for maternity care or the birth of a child


28. Para 5-3 What is convalescent leave?

A: Nonchargeable absence from duty granted to expedite a Soldier’s return to full duty after illness, injury, or childbirth


29. Para 5-3 How many days of convalescent days are authorized by unit commander?

A: 30 for illness, injury and 42 for Childbirth


30. Para 5-3 Who can approve more than 30 or 42 days convalescent days?

A: Hospital commanders are the only approval authority for requests in excess of 30 days (or in excess of 42 days for childbirth)


31. Para 5-7 What should be done prior to approval of convalescent leave approval?

A: (1) Obtain supporting recommendation from physician.

(2) Verify what, if any, convalescent leave Soldier has had while assigned or attached to hospital, only that portion is authorized which, when added to hospital-approved leave, will not exceed 30 days or 42 days if the reason is pregnancy and childbirth.

(3) Require confirmation of attending physician’s recommendation for convalescent leave from the hospital commander having administrative responsibility


32. Para 5-11 What is the maximum amount of time a soldier can be sick in quarters?

A: No more than 72 hours


33. Para 5-27 What is a “Regular Pass”?

A: Short, nonchargeable, authorized absence from post or place of duty during normal off duty hours is a regular pass an example is Friday after work until Monday Morning.


34. Para 5-27 Where does a regular pass begin and end?

A: On post, at duty location, or at the location from where Soldier normally commutes to duty


35. Para 5-27 What is a 3–day regular pass?

A: 2 normal off-duty days and a normal duty day or holiday


36.  Para 5-27 Can a regular pass be granted together with leave?

A: Yes provided the following are met

1. Pass begins and terminates on post, at the duty location, or at the location from where Soldier normally commutes to duty before leave begins

2. Leave begins and terminates on post, at the duty location, or location from where Soldier normally commutes to duty before a pass begins


37. Para 5-27 What is a 4 day special pass?

A: A pass that must contain 2 non duty days and 2 normal duty days or a holiday


38. Para 5-32 What does PTDY stand for?

A: Permissive Temporary Duty


39. Para 5-32 What reasons PTDY may be granted?

A: 1. For career management

2. To perform State jury service or be a witness at State criminal investigation proceedings or criminal prosecution

3. To attend civilian education programs

4. To attend meetings of associations, leagues, or councils formed by credit unions

5. To participate in other official or semi-official programs of the Army

6. For house hunting

7. To attend meetings

8. To complete the naturalization process

9. To accompany a dependent patient to a designated medical facility as a nonmedical attendant or to join a dependent patient when the Soldier’s presence is deemed essential by the patient’s attending physician or hospital commander 

10. To attend certain professional instruction courses

11. To participate in scouting activities

12. To participate in or provide essential support to participants in sports, recreation, or talent events


40. Para 5-35 What is the purpose of transition PTDY?

A: to facilitate transition into civilian life for house and job hunting for Soldiers being involuntarily separated, retiring from active duty, or separating under the Voluntarily
Separation Incentive (VSI) or SSB program


41. Para 5-38 What is the maximum amount of days a soldier can receive for transition PTDY?

A: 20 for certain categories


42. Para 6-1 Do Soldiers have to have a Red Cross message to take emergency leave?

A: No; Soldiers may request emergency leave with or without American Red Cross verification


43. Para 6-1 Who are Soldiers authorized to take emergency leave for?

A: The Soldier and Spouse’s immediate family


44. Para 6-1 Who is considered immediate family?

A: (1) Parents, including stepparents.

(2) Spouse.

(3) Children, including stepchildren.

(4) Sisters, including stepsisters.

(5) Brothers, including stepbrothers.

(6) Only living blood relative.

(7) A person in loco parentis


45. Para 6-1 What is a loco parentis?

A: A person in loco parentis is one who stood in place of a parent to the Soldier or the Soldier’s spouse for 24 hours a day, for at least a 5-year period before the Soldier or the
Soldier’s spouse became 21 years of age


46. Para 6-1 What must a Soldier do to verify a loco parentis?

A: The Soldier must sign a statement verifying loco parentis


47. Para 8-1 What must Soldiers that want to take leave or travel outside the United States or outside the territory or foreign country of current assignment?

A: They must obtain approval


48. Para 10-7 How long in advance must a Soldier request a leave extension?

A: 72 hours in advance of expiration of leave


49. Para 12-1 What is the form used to request leave?

A: DA Form 31