Q: I am a federal employee and currently in the process of applying for graduate school. While the bulk of my studies will be done in a non-resident status, my program of study will require that I participate in six residential sessions of up to 2 weeks apiece.
Do federal regulations require me to use annual leave for this study, or is there another way? I am not aware of academic leave for U.S. Army civilian employees, but is there an applicable regulation of which I might be ignorant?
A: If we’re talking about “regulations”, you would need to use A/L or LWOP. However, you might want to talk to your supervisor and to the training department. If your course of study is job related, they might be willing to explore other options.