You will find that this form has three sections. All sections must be completed in order to make your request and have your leave authorized. You must provide all information in boxes one through six to include, your social security number, name, grade, date of request,leave balance and the type of transaction you are requesting. Complete all remaining information and any detailed information that may be required. You will then sign this section of the form in box

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The latest version of the form was released by the Air Force AF in January with all previous editions obsolete. An up-to-date fillable AF Form is available for digital filing and download below or can be found through the Air Force E-Publishing website. The AF Form 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. 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 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.

The AF 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. Leave Authorization number. The member obtains this number immediately before signing and submitting the form; Box 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 Leave is.

The appropriate checkbox is to be marked and, for PTDY, the approval level required by the Air Force Rules AFR , 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 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.

This form is mainly used to review, approve, and account for official travel.


AF Form 988 "Leave Request/Authorization"






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