AF Form 988 Leave Request/Authorization

What Is AF Form 988?

AF Form 988, Leave Request/Authorization - also known as the AF Leave Form and the AF IMT 988 - is an Air Force (AF) form used to request and authorize a leave from service. The latest version of the form was released by the Air Force (AF) in January 2010 with all previous editions obsolete. An up-to-date fillable AF Form 988 is available for digital filing and download below or can be found through the Air Force E-Publishing website.

The AF Form 988 can also be supplied through the chain of command. Before departure, the AF member is required to have the AF leave authorization approved and enough funds for expenses, including costs for travel, in case it is not possible to return on time by military air transportation. If the AF member needs to request an extension of leave, they must obtain approval from the right individual.

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SECTION I
1. DATE OF REQUEST
2. TYPE OF TRANSACTION
(1-5) (FSO Use Only)
TO: FSO
3. SSN (6-14)
4. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial) (15-19)
5. GRADE
6. CURRENT LV BALANCE
6a. DOS
7. RECOMMEND CONVALESCENT LEAVE
8. TYPE OF LEAVE
Reenlistment (E)
(Check one)
TO
FROM
Graduation (J)
Adoption Leave (T)
Other (Specify)
Paternity Leave (T)
Permissive TDY (T)
R&R Leave (A)
REMARKS:
PROVIDER'S SIGNATURE & STAMP
9. NO. DAYS REQUESTED 10. LEAVE AUTH NO. 11. FIRST DAY/TIME OF LV STATUS 12. FIRST DAY OF CHARGEABLE LV 13. LAST DAY OF CHARGEABLE LV
(53-58)
(33-35)
(37-43)
(47-52)
15. EMERGENCY PHONE NO.
(if different from phone number provided in block 15)
CONUS
OS
OS to CONUS
17. DUTY PHONE NO.
18. UNIT
19. DUTY SECTION
20. DUTY LOCATION
21. MEMBER'S SIGNATURE
22.
LEAVE IS
APPROVED
DISAPPROVED
DATE
23. APPROVER'S NAME AND GRADE
(Print or Type)
24. DUTY PHONE NO.
25. APPROVER'S SIGNATURE
SECTION II
(To be completed by supervisor/unit commander to authorize advance or excess leave)
26. LEAVE AVAILABLE TO ETS
27. ADVANCE LEAVE REQUESTED
28. EXCESS LEAVE REQUESTED
29. TOTAL LEAVE APPROVED
(From LES)
(Block 9 minus 6)
(44-46) (Block 9 minus 26)
30. UNIT HEADQUARTERS
31. COMMANDER'S SIGNATURE/GRADE
32. AUTHORIZATION DATE
33. AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCE LEAVE
OVER 30 DAYS
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
1. THIS FORM MUST BE TYPED OR COMPLETED IN INK.
2. BEFORE SEPARATING PARTS I, II, AND III, COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING BLOCKS:
a. Blocks 1 thru 5, 9, 12 thru 21, and 23 thru 25 are self-explanatory.
b. Block 6, current Leave Balance. Verify that the member has enough leave balance to cover the period of leave requested. This may be done by checking the
member's LES or the orderly room's leave balance listing. Complete 6a when member requests leave with a planned return date within 30 days of DOS.
c. Block 7. This block will be completed, signed, and stamped by the appropriate medical authority if convalescent leave is recommended.
d. Block 8. For PTDY, state the paragraph number of the applicable reason for PTDY as stated in AFI 36-3003 and in Remarks area give abbreviated description of
purpose of PTDY. (For example: base baseball team.)
e.Block 10. Leave Authorization Number. Supervisor or designee obtains a leave authorization number immediately before signing a
leave approval and forwarding Part I to FSO. Do not get leave number earlier than 30 days before effective date.
f. Block 11. First Day/Time of Leave Status. This is the earliest time a member can depart or sign up for space available transportation. If planned departure is on a
non-duty day, enter the non-duty date and 0001 hours. If planned departure is on a duty day without performing the majority (over 50%) of scheduled duty,
enter the date and time when over 50% of the scheduled duty will be completed. NOTE: Leave status is not necessarily chargeable leave. Date cannot be
more than 1 day before the date in block 12. See also Part III, Instructions for Charging Leave.
g. Block 22. For PTDY, use approval level required by AFI 36-3003.
h. Blocks 26-33. Complete only to authorize advance or excess leave. Blocks are self-explanatory except for blocks 27, 28, and 33.
(1) Advance Leave (Block 27). If the requested leave exceeds the current balance but does not exceed the balance to ETS, the leave is advance leave.
Complete Blocks 26-27 and forward the form (all parts) to the unit commander for approval. If a member requesting leave has a cumulative advance balance
of 30 days, comply with AFI 36-3003
(2) Excess Leave (Block 28). If the requested leave exceeds the balance to ETS, the leave is excess leave. Complete Blocks 26 and 28 and forward the form
(all parts) to the unit commander for approval.
(3) Authority for Advance Leave Over 30 Days (Block 33). Record message date/time group if approval was received by message.
3. AFTER INITIALLY COMPLETING THIS FORM:
a. Separate Part I immediately after getting a leave authorization number and signing the form. Forward to the FSO using normal distribution unless the leave is
terminal/separation or involves excess or advance leave. Forward these requests (all parts) to the unit for approval.
b. Separate Part II and give to member.
c.
4. INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING AND PROCESSING PART III ARE PRINTED ON PART III.
5. GUIDELINES FOR CHARGING LEAVE AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR LEAVE ADJUSTMENTS ARE PRINTED ON PART III.
AF FORM 988, 20101110
PART I - FSO COPY
PREVIOUS EDITION WILL BE USED.
SECTION I
1. DATE OF REQUEST
2. TYPE OF TRANSACTION
(1-5) (FSO Use Only)
TO: FSO
3. SSN (6-14)
4. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial) (15-19)
5. GRADE
6. CURRENT LV BALANCE
6a. DOS
7. RECOMMEND CONVALESCENT LEAVE
8. TYPE OF LEAVE
Reenlistment (E)
(Check one)
TO
FROM
Graduation (J)
Adoption Leave (T)
Other (Specify)
Paternity Leave (T)
Permissive TDY (T)
R&R Leave (A)
REMARKS:
PROVIDER'S SIGNATURE & STAMP
9. NO. DAYS REQUESTED 10. LEAVE AUTH NO. 11. FIRST DAY/TIME OF LV STATUS 12. FIRST DAY OF CHARGEABLE LV 13. LAST DAY OF CHARGEABLE LV
(53-58)
(33-35)
(37-43)
(47-52)
15. EMERGENCY PHONE NO.
(if different from phone number provided in block 15)
CONUS
OS
OS to CONUS
17. DUTY PHONE NO.
18. UNIT
19. DUTY SECTION
20. DUTY LOCATION
21. MEMBER'S SIGNATURE
22.
LEAVE IS
APPROVED
DISAPPROVED
DATE
23. APPROVER'S NAME AND GRADE
(Print or Type)
24. DUTY PHONE NO.
25. APPROVER'S SIGNATURE
SECTION II
(To be completed by supervisor/unit commander to authorize advance or excess leave)
26. LEAVE AVAILABLE TO ETS
27. ADVANCE LEAVE REQUESTED
28. EXCESS LEAVE REQUESTED
29. TOTAL LEAVE APPROVED
(From LES)
(Block 9 minus 6)
(44-46) (Block 9 minus 26)
30. UNIT HEADQUARTERS
31. COMMANDER'S SIGNATURE/GRADE
32. AUTHORIZATION DATE
33. AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCE LEAVE
OVER 30 DAYS
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
1. THIS FORM MUST BE TYPED OR COMPLETED IN INK.
2. BEFORE SEPARATING PARTS I, II, AND III, COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING BLOCKS:
a. Blocks 1 thru 5, 9, 12 thru 21, and 23 thru 25 are self-explanatory.
b. Block 6, current Leave Balance. Verify that the member has enough leave balance to cover the period of leave requested. This may be done by checking the
member's LES or the orderly room's leave balance listing. Complete 6a when member requests leave with a planned return date within 30 days of DOS.
c. Block 7. This block will be completed, signed, and stamped by the appropriate medical authority if convalescent leave is recommended.
d. Block 8. For PTDY, state the paragraph number of the applicable reason for PTDY as stated in AFI 36-3003 and in Remarks area give abbreviated description of
purpose of PTDY. (For example: base baseball team.)
e.Block 10. Leave Authorization Number. Supervisor or designee obtains a leave authorization number immediately before signing a
leave approval and forwarding Part I to FSO. Do not get leave number earlier than 30 days before effective date.
f. Block 11. First Day/Time of Leave Status. This is the earliest time a member can depart or sign up for space available transportation. If planned departure is on a
non-duty day, enter the non-duty date and 0001 hours. If planned departure is on a duty day without performing the majority (over 50%) of scheduled duty,
enter the date and time when over 50% of the scheduled duty will be completed. NOTE: Leave status is not necessarily chargeable leave. Date cannot be
more than 1 day before the date in block 12. See also Part III, Instructions for Charging Leave.
g. Block 22. For PTDY, use approval level required by AFI 36-3003.
h. Blocks 26-33. Complete only to authorize advance or excess leave. Blocks are self-explanatory except for blocks 27, 28, and 33.
(1) Advance Leave (Block 27). If the requested leave exceeds the current balance but does not exceed the balance to ETS, the leave is advance leave.
Complete Blocks 26-27 and forward the form (all parts) to the unit commander for approval. If a member requesting leave has a cumulative advance balance
of 30 days, comply with AFI 36-3003
(2) Excess Leave (Block 28). If the requested leave exceeds the balance to ETS, the leave is excess leave. Complete Blocks 26 and 28 and forward the form
(all parts) to the unit commander for approval.
(3) Authority for Advance Leave Over 30 Days (Block 33). Record message date/time group if approval was received by message.
3. AFTER INITIALLY COMPLETING THIS FORM:
a. Separate Part I immediately after getting a leave authorization number and signing the form. Forward to the FSO using normal distribution unless the leave is
terminal/separation or involves excess or advance leave. Forward these requests (all parts) to the unit for approval.
b. Separate Part II and give to member.
c.
4. INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING AND PROCESSING PART III ARE PRINTED ON PART III.
5. GUIDELINES FOR CHARGING LEAVE AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR LEAVE ADJUSTMENTS ARE PRINTED ON PART III.
AF FORM 988, 20101110
PART I - FSO COPY
PREVIOUS EDITION WILL BE USED.
SECTION I
1. DATE OF REQUEST
2. TYPE OF TRANSACTION
LEAVE REQUEST/AUTHORIZATION
(1-5) (FSO Use Only)
TO: FSO
(See Privacy Act Statement and General Instructions below)
3. SSN (6-14)
5. GRADE
6. CURRENT LV BALANCE
6a. DOS
4. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial) (15-19)
7. RECOMMEND CONVALESCENT LEAVE
8. TYPE OF LEAVE
Reenlistment (E)
PTDY Reason (AFI 36-3003)
(Check one)
Adoption Leave (T)
FROM
TO
Graduation (J)
Paternity Leave (T)
Ordinary (A)
Other (Specify)
R&R Leave (A)
Permissive TDY (T)
Convalescent (F)
REMARKS:
PROVIDER'S SIGNATURE & STAMP
9. NO. DAYS REQUESTED 10. LEAVE AUTH NO. 11. FIRST DAY/TIME OF LV STATUS 12. FIRST DAY OF CHARGEABLE LV 13. LAST DAY OF CHARGEABLE LV
(33-35)
(37-43)
(47-52)
(53-58)
15. EMERGENCY PHONE NO.
16.
CONUS
OS
OS to CONUS
17. DUTY PHONE NO.
18. UNIT
19. DUTY SECTION
20. DUTY LOCATION
21. MEMBER'S SIGNATURE
22.
LEAVE IS
APPROVED
DISAPPROVED
DATE
23. APPROVER'S NAME AND GRADE
(Print or Type)
24. DUTY PHONE NO.
25. APPROVER'S SIGNATURE
SECTION II
(For member's use to record data for leave originating outside CONUS)
DATE ARR CONUS
DATE DEPART CONUS
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEMBERS DEPARTING ON LEAVE
2. Remember:
a. Your leave is normally effective on the date you include in your leave request as "first day of chargeable leave."
b. If you want to change your starting or projected return date before departing on leave, you must notify the leave-approving authority.
c.
a. If you are hospitalized in a military medical treatment facility, ensure that your organization of assignment is notified as soon as possible.
b. If you are hospitalized in a civilian facility, notify the nearest Air Force medical treatment facility (Patient Affairs Office) as soon as possible
9. Observe all traffic rules if you travel by automobile.
10. If you plan to travel by commercial air at reduced rates, contact the airline to learn what documents you need.
11. It is your responsibility to return to your permanent duty station or obtain a leave extension from your supervisor before expiration date of your leave.
12.
13. During PTDY, days not used for reason stated in Section I, block 8, are chargeable as leave. Proof of use may be required.
14. You must meet all appointments while on leave or reschedule the appointments before departure.
15.
AF FORM 988, 20101110
PART II - MEMBER'S COPY
SECTION I
1. DATE OF REQUEST
2. TYPE OF TRANSACTION
(1-5) (FSO Use Only)
TO: FSO
4. NAME
5. GRADE
6. CURRENT LV BALANCE
6a. DOS
3. SSN (6-14)
(Last, First, Middle Initial) (15-19)
7. RECOMMEND CONVALESCENT LEAVE
8. TYPE OF LEAVE
PTDY Reason (AFI 36-3003)
(Check one)
FROM
TO
Adoption Leave (T)
Ordinary (A)
Appellate Review (R)
Other (Specify)
Paternity Leave (T)
Convalescent (F)
Special (H)
Permissive TDY (T)
R&R Leave (A)
REMARKS:
PROVIDER'S SIGNATURE & STAMP
9. NO. DAYS REQUESTED 10. LEAVE AUTH NO. 11. FIRST DAY/TIME OF LV STATUS 12. FIRST DAY OF CHARGEABLE LV 13. LAST DAY OF CHARGEABLE LV
(37-43)
(47-52)
(53-58)
(33-35)
15. EMERGENCY PHONE NO.
16.
CONUS
OS
OS to CONUS
17. DUTY PHONE NO.
18. UNIT
19. DUTY SECTION
20. DUTY LOCATION
DATE ARR CONUS
DATE DEPART CONUS
DATE/TIME DEPART PERM
DUTY STATION
SECTION III - HOW DID ACTUAL LEAVE COMPARE TO THE LEAVE REPORTED IN BLOCKS 12 AND 13 ABOVE?
No change (Complete subsections C, D and E only)
A
Last day should be corrected (Complete subsections B thru E)
Should be cancelled (Complete subsection E only)
CORRECT LAST DAY OF CHARGEABLE
IF LEAVE WAS EXTENDED, EXTENSION WAS APPROVED BY: TOTAL NUMBER OF DAYS TAKEN (See Block 12
LEAVE IS:
for first day of chargeable leave)
B
Space A transportation was
used
not used.
C
If Space A transportation was used, it was signed up for on
(date)
THIS IS A TRUE AND CORRECT STATEMENT OF LEAVE TAKEN.
MEMBER'S SIGNATURE
D
E
APPROVER'S NAME AND GRADE
(Print or Type)
DUTY PHONE NO.
APPROVER'S SIGNATURE
DATE
The following examples use a normal work schedule of Monday through Friday, 0730 to 1630.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHARGING LEAVE
if the member
Yes
No
X
Duty
X
Leave
X
Leave
X
Duty
Returns
X
Leave
X
Duty
the first day and time of leave status.
LEAVE START DATE ADJUSTMENTS
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING AND PROCESSING PART III
PART III - UNIT COPY
AF FORM 988, 20101110

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AF Form 988 Instructions

The official AF site does not offer any instructions for the form. It is the AF member responsibility to return to their permanent duty station before the expiration date of their leave, or, alternatively, to obtain a leave extension from their supervisor. Before departing on leave, the AF member may complete the DD Form 2258 at the Postal Service Center, so that their mail is directed to the address where they will be staying for the duration of their leave.

How to Fill Out AF Form 988?

The AF 988 Form has three parts, all of which must be completed in order to request the leave and to have it authorized. The form must be typed or completed in ink, in the following way:

  • Boxes 1 through 5 are self-explanatory and are to be filled out by the member who is requesting the leave;
  • Box 6. Current Leave Balance. The member must have enough leave balance to cover the period of leave that has been requested;
  • Box 7. Recommend Convalescent Leave. If the AF member requires a convalescent leave to recover from a medical condition or an injury, this box will be filled out, signed, and stamped by the relevant medical authority;
  • Box 8. Type of Leave. Mark the checkbox that applies. For Permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY), state the applicable reason and in "Remarks", provide a brief explanation of its purpose;
  • Box 9 is self-explanatory;
  • Box 10. Leave Authorization number. The member obtains this number immediately before signing and submitting the form;
  • Box 11. First Day/Time of Leave Status. The service member enters the earliest time they can start their leave, that is, depart, or sign up for available transportation;
  • Boxes 12 through 21 are self-explanatory;
  • Box 22. Leave is. The appropriate checkbox is to be marked and, for PTDY, the approval level required by the Air Force Rules (AFR) 35-26, Permissive Temporary Duty must be entered;
  • Boxes 23 to 25 are self-explanatory;
  • Boxes 26 through 33 are used by the supervisor or commander when approving an extended leave request.

Once all of this information has been provided on the first page, which is Part I. You must provide the same information on each of the other two pages of the form, which are copies of the form. The second page, or Part II, is the member's copy. The third page, or Part III, of the form, is to be used at the end of your leave. The top section, which requires the same information as the first page, must be filled out and submitted at the time of leave. The form will be returned to the member on leave and they must fill out Part III in order to report on their leave upon return.

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