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Frequently Asked Questions Pay & Leave

For the purpose of computing a reservist differential, how do agencies know when the period of active duty has ended?

Agencies can use the final military leave and earnings statement (LES) provided by the employee to determine the last paid day of military active duty. The dates covered by the LES are documented in the “Remarks” section of the LES. The final active duty date can be confirmed by the DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Please be advised, the DD-214 is to be considered the authoritative document should there be any discrepancy between the final LES and the DD-214. Since reservists may not receive their DD-214 for several months after their tour has ended, it is possible (but not likely) that retroactive adjustments to the final active duty date may be made should there be any discrepancies regarding that date.

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