Last week, the Navy announced that due to budget constraints and current fiscal environment, Sailors were experiencing shorter lead times for permanent change-of-station (PCS) moves this summer.
The results of our recent efforts should bring the Navy closer to its three-month average for issuing PCS orders in the coming weeks and months ahead.
What we’re doing.
While the Navy was able to make adjustments in some of its budget accounts to help fund PCS orders, the Chief of Naval Personnel convened a working group comprised of representatives from throughout the Fleet, to help improve PCS lead times.
The working group recommended several initiatives, most will be transparent to Sailors, to help maintain current readiness and Fleet manning levels, reduce overall costs, and minimize additional impacts to our service members as we carefully navigate PCS orders for the remainder of the fiscal year (FY).
As part of these recommendations, the Navy will shift remaining accessions for FY16 in non-critical and over-manned rates to FY17. In other words, approximately 2,100 Sailors will begin their training a few months later than previously scheduled. Also, the Navy will not recruit additional individuals to replace Delayed Entry Program Sailors who do not complete training as is normally the case. The Navy remains on track to meet its recruiting goals for FY16, as it has for the last 109 consecutive months.
Additionally, Navy Personnel Command will continue to issue letters of intent for overseas moves. That way, while orders may not be in hand, individuals can start the process of doing overseas and medical screenings, dependent entry approval, passport applications and security clearance requests.
Funding for all fourth quarter PCS moves is on the way. We will continue to work with the Fleet to develop PCS phasing plans to fund priority moves and put in place processes that ensures the Fleet is manned properly as we come to the end of the fiscal year and move into the next.
The Navy recognizes that these shortened lead times limit Sailors’ time to prepare for moves, and burdens them and their families. Our focus and priority remains on manning the Fleet, and taking care of Sailors and their families.