I accrue too. I accrue at a bit faster rate 1 1/2 days of annual leave and 1 day of sick leave a month. I don't tend to take leave very often, so it builds up kind of quickly. Mine carries over from year to year too (up to a certain number of hours, then I have to start using the excess hours or I risk losing them - there is no cap on sick leave). Brad gets 5 weeks of paid vacation a year... yes, five freaking weeks. He's given 3 weeks and can buy two more, so he does. He takes time off ALL the time. It seems excessive to me, but he's got the leave to take and he has to use it all before December 31, so they have to let him take it. Once we generate "use or lose" leave where I work, the leave takes priority and they HAVE to let us take it b/c the supervisor who denies the use of use or lose is in violation of the law (b/c losing leave is equivalent to an unauthorized pay cut). Things are definitely different here, but it never dawned on me that people in the civilian world are denied leave on such a regular basis that they have to worry about whether or not they can get the time off they want. Does your leave carry over to the next year?