Navy shifts money for CONUS moves
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has announced it has moved some money around for some stateside sailors’ Permanent Change of Station moves.
The money for 3,858 sailors’ PCS moves slated for next fiscal year is now budgeted for this fiscal year, a Navy Personnel Command spokesman said.
“CONUS (stateside) shore moves are the primary target,” the spokesman said.
The Navy hopes to defray the costs of PCS moves in fiscal 2009 with money that is available now, the spokesman said.
“In other words, we are reducing the FY09 bill by spreading the cost over the next two years,” the spokesman said.
The move may allow some sailors to move early, but those sailors have already been identified by Navy Personnel Command as candidates for an early transfer, the spokesman said.
Factors that go into deciding whether sailors can move early include manning requirements and the type of duty sailors are now in, such as shore duty, the spokesman said.
Most affected sailors will remain where they are under an intermediate stop, or I-stop, order, the spokesman said.
“In most cases the impact to the sailor will be minimal,” the spokesman said. “The detailers will use a transfer code to keep the sailor in place until the original move date.”
The guidelines for I-stop orders are outlined in a recent Navy Administrative Message, or NAVADMIN.
“OCONUS and Arduous Sea Duty will not be affected by the I-Stop process,” the spokesman said. “This would have negative impact to pay and entitlements.”
Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. has sought to reassure sailors that the changes are best for the Navy.
“I am fully aware of the potential impact this process may have on everyone, especially individual sailors and their families,” Harvey said in the NAVADMIN. “Of all the options considered to meet this fiscal challenge, this process is the best option and minimizes the impact to the fleet.”
For more information, go to NAVADMIN 191/07 available at: www.npc.navy.mil.