Career Breaks (CB)

Career Break (CB) arrangements enable Service personnel to take a specified period of time out of their Service careers to meet personal objectives or to deal with personal circumstances, which they would otherwise be unable to do using leave entitlements.

The Armed Forces offer limited opportunities for Service personnel to take a CB where this does not compromise operational effectiveness.  It is emphasised that CBs are granted at the absolute discretion of the Service; they are not a right and will only be permitted where manning margins allow and where they do not compromise operational capability.

Personnel on a CB will not be paid and will remain liable for recall to duty in the event of operational necessity.  CBs may be for any period over 3 months and up to 3 years.

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