2020 Federal and Training Holidays, Family Days and military 4 day weekend calendars.
FY20 Federal Holidays
- Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2019
- New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2020
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr – Monday, January 20, 2020
- Washington’s Birthday – Monday, February 17, 2020
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 25, 2020
- Independence Day (observed) – Friday, July 3, 2020
- Labor Day – Monday, September 7, 2020
- Columbus Day – Monday, October 12, 2020
- Veterans Day – Wednesday, November 11, 2020
- Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 26, 2020
FY21 Federal Holidays
- Christmas Day – Friday, December 25, 2020
- New Year’s Day – Friday, January 1, 2021
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr – Monday, January 18, 2021
- Washington’s Birthday – Monday, February 15, 2021
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 31, 2021
- Independence Day (observed) – Monday, July 5, 2021
- Labor Day – Monday, September 6, 2021
- Columbus Day – Monday, October 11, 2021
- Veterans Day – Thursday, November 11, 2021
- Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 25, 2021
Army Training Holiday Observances
Note: These days vary by unit. There may be more less Training Holidays than listed below. Soldiers should always confirm with their local chain of command whether or not they have a federal or training holiday off. They are not guaranteed.
FY2020 Army Training Holiday Observances
- October 11, 2019 – Friday before Columbus Day
- November 8, 2019 – Friday before Veterans Day
- November 29, 2019 – Friday after Thanksgiving
- December 24, 2019 – Tuesday before Christmas Day
- December 31, 2019 – Tuesday before New Years Day
- January 17, 2020 – Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- February 14, 2020 – Friday before Washington’s Birthday
- May 22, 2020 – Friday before Memorial Day
- July 6, 2020 – Monday after Independence Day
- September 4, 2020 – Friday before Labor Day
FY2020 Army 4 Day Weekends
- Columbus Day Weekend – Friday, October 11, 2019 to Monday, October 14, 2019
- Veterans Day Weekend – Friday, November 8, 2019 to Monday, November 11, 2019
- Thanksgiving Weekend – Thursday, November 28, 2019 to Sunday, December 20, 2019
- MLK Weekend – Friday, January 17, 2020 to Monday, January, 20, 2020
- President’s Day Weekend – Friday, February 14, 2020 to Monday, February 17, 2020
- Memorial Day Weekend – Friday, May 22, 2020 to Monday, May 25, 2020
- Independence Day Weekend – Friday, July 3, 2020 to Monday, July 6, 2020
- Labor Day Weekend – Friday, September 4, 2020 to Monday, September, 7, 2020
The U.S. Army observes U.S. federal holidays and typically authorizes a training holiday to coincide with each Federal holiday in order to provide four day weekends. These days are also known as DONSAs (Day of No Scheduled Activity) and can be impacted by training and mission requirements.
Holiday Season/Holiday Block Leave
During the two weeks around the end-of-year holidays the Armed Forces typically remains operational (half or full day schedule based on missions requirements) through the holiday period, except for Christmas and New Year’s days off and designated training holidays.
Army Christmas Exodus
The Army typically shuts down basic training and advanced individual training (AIT) schools. The Navy and Air Force typically shut down job schools but do not shut down basic training.
The exodus break generally starts a week before Christmas and lasts until a week after Christmas (10 days). The dates vary every year depending on how Christmas falls that year. The primary reason for “Exodus” is so Drill Sergeants and Basic Training Staff members can spend Christmas with their families.
Soldiers have the choice of whether to take the break. (1) You can remain at basic training and be assigned to do details during the 10-day period, or (2) You can take leave and go home. Any leave you take comes out of your leave entitlement (30 days per year, soldiers earn 2.5 days a month). Transportation costs home and back are not covered for Exodus.
2020 AETC Family Days:
- Thursday, January 2, 2020
- Friday, May 22, 2020
- Monday, July 6, 2020
- Friday, September 4, 2020
- Friday, November 27, 2020
- Monday, December 28, 2020
Most offices on AFSPC installations are closed on these days, and some services, including medical, recreation, shopping and dining, are on restricted schedules. Many installations will close some gates as well. Check with your local installation for details. For military members required to perform duty during these holidays, commanders are encouraged to grant compensatory time-off during the first week following the holiday, mission requirements permitting.
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