The Navy is renewing a program for three more years that allows soldiers to take a break without penalty and return to service.
The move is part of the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
The Career Intermission Pilot Program allows naval personnel to take a career intermission and keep both their ranking and benefits.
CIPP participants are also granted a monthly stipend equivalent to 1/30th of their basic pay and the ability to move anywhere in the continental U.S.
The Navy said 20 officer applicants and 20 enlisted applicants are accepted into the program each year.
Accepted applicants must return to active duty after their intermission.
Applicants also incur a two-to-one service obligation for every month they spend in the program.