Re: San Diego to Honolulu
Technically I would be AWOL but if I tell them the risks of being late and keep in contact they will not classify me as AWOL.(it is a pain in the ass to do the AWOL paperwork believe it or not) AWOL soldiers are not arrested immediately. A warrant for their arrest is initiated after 30 days of being AWOL, assuming the commander does the paperwork on time.
If I am late and they know the reason then I will just get a slap on the wrist and they will charge me leave days and probably chew my ass. Nothing too bad but I just don't like being "that guy".
I think I will request more days than I need and if I make it back I will sign in early and not be charged all the days I requested. I am rationing the leave that I have built up because I am getting out of the military in a few months and would like to take it all at the end so that I can still get paid while I transition into my new job.