Columbus Day

Columbus Day Military Holiday

Army Training Holiday Observances

Columbus Day Military Holiday: Each unit has a different day of the week. Below are not all the Training Holidays. It is always a good idea to confirm whether or not a federal or training holiday is applicable to them. There is no guarantee that they will be.

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. Always confirm with your chain of command if you will have these or other days off.


Holiday Season/Holiday Block Leave

In the two weeks surrounding the end-of-year holidays, the Armed Forces typically remain operational (half or full day schedule depending on mission requirements) through the holiday period, except for Christmas and New Year’s days off and designated training holidays.

Army Christmas Exodus

Basic training and advanced individual training (AIT) schools are usually closed by the Army. Basic training is not closed by the Navy or Air Force when the job schools are closed.

Exodus break generally begins a week before Christmas and lasts for a week after Christmas. The dates vary from year to year depending on when Christmas falls. For most members of the drill staff and the basic training staff, “Exodus” is about spending Christmas with their families.

Taking a break is an option available to soldiers. You can either (1) remain at basic training and do details during the 10-day period, or (2) take a leave of absence and go home. Leave you take will be deducted from your leave entitlement (30 days per year, soldiers earn 2.5 days per month). Transportation home and back is not covered for Exodus.


Air Force: 2021 AETC Family Days:

  • Monday, January 4, 2021
  • Friday, May 28, 2021
  • Friday, July 2, 2021
  • Friday, September 3, 2021
  • Friday, November 26, 2021
  • Monday, December 27, 2021 (Friday, Dec. 24 is the observed Federal Holiday since Dec. 25 falls on a Saturday)

Air Force: 2022 AETC Family Days:

  • Monday, January 3, 2022
  • Friday, May 27, 2022
  • Friday, July 1, 2022
  • Friday, September 2, 2022
  • Friday, November 25, 2022
  • Monday, December 23, 2022 (Mon. Dec. 26 is the observed Federal Holiday since Dec. 25 falls on a Sunday)
  • Friday, December 30, 2022 (Mon. Jan. 2, 2023 is the observed Federal Holiday since Jan. 1 falls on a Sunday)

These days, most offices on AFSPC installations are closed, and some services, such as medical, recreation, shopping, and dining, have limited hours. Some gates will also be closed on some installations. 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.

Veterans Day is so important because you already know why. You are the service members, veterans, or family members and friends of veterans who keep up-to-date on military news, pay, benefits, fitness, and job opportunities.

As we pay our respects to those who have served, Veterans Day is a special day. On this day we focus our respect on all veterans.


Originally called Armistice Day, this holiday commemorates the sacrifices made by those who died while serving our country. The holiday was celebrated on Nov. 11 because it is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In 1954, it was renamed Veterans Day to reflect all veterans of all wars.

Veterans are honored for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

How should you celebrate Veterans Day? Here are some tips.

Is Veterans Day on the same day every year?

Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of World War I, which was formally acknowledged on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918.

The day is still celebrated as Veterans Day, honoring its original connection with November 11. Veterans Day falls on the same day every year — November 11 — regardless of what day of the week it falls on. During weekends and holidays, businesses and government agencies may observe the day on the official day as well as the following Monday.

Is Veterans Day a federal holiday?

Several states, including most of the United States,, observe Veterans Day as a state holiday. Federal employees, including military members, are typically given the day off, and in most states, state employees are also.

Veterans Day is celebrated as a work holiday by some companies and not by others. Most companies choose to take off either Veterans Day or Columbus Day, which falls in October, but not both.

Do schools close on Veterans Day?

It is common for schools to close on Veterans Day, but it is often not a one-size-fits-all decision.

Public school holidays are determined by the local school board, while private school holidays are determined by private officials. Private and public school colleges have similar policies regarding holidays. Make sure you check with your local school regarding their calendar.

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