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My son was approved leave for the Christmas holiday and today I tried to get him a airline ticket and they said he needed a pass port. so I didn't book his flight. others have said he doesn't need a pass port so confused please help.

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Yvonne - your son should be able to travel on just his leave orders.  You received incorrect information.  but.....I would definitely start the paperwork process for his passport (I mean - your son do it - when he is home) so this issue will not come up any other time.  without a passport, he cannot do any side travel he might like to do while he is stationed in Japan.  He would also need a passport if a family emergency happened and he had to get home right away.  I am pretty certain that traveling on leave orders has not changed.  If you call and get another person, you will probably hear another set of "facts." :-)

they said because it is a personal leave that he would need a pass port if it was orders to another base that is different. we don't know who we can call and ask the airline ask a supervisor and we don't know when he will call again

here's what I know - my son has been in japan since 2009.  the first time he came home - 15 mos. later - he did so without a passport.  even thought the leave is "personal," it's still ok'd by the Navy and he will be issued a document outlining his leave - where he is supposed to be, how long, and when he is supposed to be back.  it is this document that allows him to fly.  the airlines should know this.  proof that it matter who you talk to:  that first trip - john made it here to atlanta on just his leave papers - when we take him back to go back, the clerk said - where is your passport and said - you can't go back without one - his face goes white like a ghost - we step in and say - well how did he get here without one?  ask someone else - so that person called over a supervisor who knew just what to do.  they CAN travel HOME on leave without a passport.  your son, however would not be able to - let's say - take PERSONAL leave to go to Thailand - THAT'S personal leave - and the reason John got his passport - so he could go to Thailand on leave - where he met his girlfriend now fiancee - but that is a different story. :-)

My kids flew home on leave and did not need a passport. All they need is their leave paperwork and their Military ID. My sons always flew American Airlines.

My son also flew home from Japan on leave without a passport. He had one but it expired and his new one didn't come in time. All he had to do was use his leave chit and his military ID.
My son was stationed on the GW when he first joined in 6/2005. When the GW went to Japan all he needed was his leave paper work. katlanta is correct starting for you to get his passport papers started because if he does have to fly home for some reason he will have it.


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