An internal audit shows the Air Force could save $14 million a year by keeping airmen at their duty stations longer and limiting “unjustified” permanent change-of-station moves, Air Force Times reported.

The audit points to an initiative that would extend overseas tours while mandating that airmen based in the states must stay at their duty station for a minimum of 48 months. In fiscal 2008, the Air Force spent more than a billion to relocate 145,500 airmen and their families, the audit showed. The service could have saved at least $14 million if airman stayed at least four years at their base and were encouraged to stay longer.

The report showed that nearly 25 percent of airmen moved “without adequate justification” before completing 48 months or the predetermined length of their overseas tour.

However, Lt. Col. Edwin Caro, chief of assignments, joint officer management and classification policy at Air Force A1, told the newspaper that the moves were indeed justified, though the reasons were not well documented.

“All the people who PCS do so to fill valid mission needs,” Caro said. “Unfortunately, there wasn’t the documentation in each case explaining why the curtailment was approved. [The Air Force Personnel Center] has since instituted a number of updates and practices to rectify these problems.”

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