I would go with the assumption that your Sailors need/want to be back on the third. Good rule of thumb to follow is...On time is late in the Navy. :)
My son is a new graduate and his rate is an ET. Is anyone experienced with how much leave a new Sailor would be able to take? While there for his Dec 4th graduation, I heard that stand down was from Dec 18 to Jan 3rd. I am trying to find out if he can get leave for the 5 days he earned in RTC and if he is able to go in the hole, since he will not be able to take any leave once they start in January. Any advise and help would be greatly appreciated. Also, are the rules different for reserve vs active duty? Thank you!