Is it true that only a fiance or wife can ask for a leave request for a US soldier? I wrote a blog recently about how ALL military families should expect to be notified of a possible deployment of their loved ones. Granted, the US military has a proven track record of timely and effective
communication when it is warranted. In order to end this rude notification process in the military, I hope that article will make a difference and encourage more people to try to find a resolution to the problem.
Of course, the impact of deployment can vary for every military family as per US law. Due to the constant threats facing our armed forces in both theaters, exceptions should be made in situations that we can understand. In my case, even though it was possible for my brother, (with over 11,000 service years under his belt), to receive his 4th tour of duty, due to his high-risk military assignment, my family (at the time) was not able to use that chance to extend his leave. Besides his family, there are other families who might be in a similar situation.
If you have a soldier in your family who had plans of getting leave requested from you, I hope my article will encourage you to try and find a resolution to your situation and I will personally reach out to you. (Note: You would see that Mr. (hopefully) is on the right path for getting this soldier released since he recently got his order)
While I don’t believe it is possible to request your armed services base to terminate the leave request, in this particular situation I will ask my local public radio station to help start a dialogue with them since he is eligible for the entitlement to get the leave without filing an ITO/AVA request with the present governing policy. I hope that our military public radio stations will help me engage the military and allow us to discuss the issue on a military basis or in the local TV stations and talk about an “Alternative” solution.
Below are YouTube videos and official newspaper articles that explain the present state of the leave issue.
The New York Times Article (November 2015)
Army Changes ITSO Policy with Arrival of Terminal Deployment Type, Deployment Plans for Soldiers
By Rita Rubin, November 3, 2015