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ARLINGTON, Va. — Sailors and families overseas will not be affected by the Navy’s temporary delay on moves within the continental United States, said Cmdr. Lydia Robertson, a spokeswoman for the Chief of Naval Personnel.

Facing a $600 million budget shortfall and needing to pay for a December increase in the Basic Allowance for Housing, the Navy has delayed moves for about 3,800 sailors and families until October, Robertson said.

The delay affects Priority 4 sailors: non-high-priority sailors moving from ships or stations inside the United States, Robertson said.

The Navy has announced that the delay will not affect sailors in high-priority billets including:

forward deployed naval forcescurrently deployed unitsrecruiting dutyjoint combatant command supportsenior LeadershipThe Navy is trying to minimize the impact of the cost-saving measures on sailors and their families, said Vice Adm. John C. Harvey, Chief of Naval Personnel.

“We have carefully reviewed many possible options and believe we have chosen that one that least impacts the careers of our Sailors and the lives of their families,” Harvey said in a news release.

Robertson noted that the delay affects a small percentage of the roughly 75,000 moves the Navy arranges every year.

The delay will save the Navy about $24 million, Robertson said. The Navy does not anticipate any further delays on moves, she said.


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