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In military forces, leave is a permission to be away from one's unit, either for a specified or unspecified period of time.
"Block leave" is the time allotted to be spent with families independently of their units and where they must not report to their units while on rotation from their tours.
A furlough is an extended period of leave from front line service in order to return home. For example, during World War II New Zealand soldiers who had served overseas for long periods (usually three or more years) were granted a "furlough" for a visit home. These soldiers on leave were called "furlough men" 
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