Overview

UW employees who meet certain requirements are eligible for military leave benefits through the State of Wisconsin. There are two different military leave benefits – an annual 30-day military leave benefit if you are in the reserves and a 4-year benefit if you are called to active duty from the reserves.

Eligibility

Eligibility for military leave benefits is determined by your appointment type and the nature of your military leave. See the Eligibility by Appointment Type Summary pdf to see if your appointment type is eligible for military leave benefits.

Your Responsibilities

Annual 30-Day Military Leave Benefit

If you are a member of the reserves (National Guard, State Defense Force, or any other military reserve), you can take up to 30 working days of leave per year to attend military schools and annual field training or annual active duty for training, and any other state or federal tours of active duty, except extended active duty service or service as a member of the active armed forces of the United States. This leave is not granted for absences that are less than three days.

During this period, you receive the difference between your UW pay and military base pay. This is referred to as differential pay. If your military pay is higher, you can take an unpaid military leave of absence or use paid leave, except sick leave, to remain on payroll.

During this period, you may maintain all benefits, accumulate paid leave, and earn Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) service credit (limits may apply).

4-Year Military Leave Benefit if Called to Active Duty from a Reserve Status

If you are in the Wisconsin National Guard or a member of the reserve component of the U.S. armed forces and you are called to active duty from a reserve status, you are eligible for up to four years of military leave.

During this period, you receive the difference between your UW pay and the total of your military base pay, including your military housing allowance (BAH). This is referred to as differential pay. If your military pay is higher, you can take an unpaid military leave of absence or use paid leave, except sick leave, to remain on payroll.

During this period, you may maintain all benefits, accumulate paid leave and earn Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) service credit (limits may apply).