#160; The first factor you should understand is the obligation you have under the law to provide advance written or verbal notice to your employers for all military duty. Fortunately, there are exceptions. You will still have protection if giving notice to your employer is 1) impossible, 2) unreasonable, or 3) precluded by military necessity. For example, being deployed to Iraq or any other war zone would satisfy these exceptions. However, if an exception doesn’t apply, you should provide notice as far in advance as is reasonable under your individual circumstances. Additionally, you are allowed to use accrued vacation or annual leave while performing your duty but you are not required to.
- Service of less than 31 days: You must return at the beginning of the next regularly scheduled work period on the first full day after release from service. You may also take into consideration safe travel back home and an 8 hour night of sleep.
- Service of more than 30 days but less than 181 days: You must submit an application for reemployment within 14 days of release from service.
- Service of more than 180 days: Your application for reemployment must be submitted within 90 days of release from service.
I hope this was helpful in getting you interested in finding out more about your rights and protections under USERRA.