MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy announced plans April 14 to place a temporary hold on selected permanent change of station (PCS) moves in order to remain within budget.
The decision means that as many as 14,000 Sailors who have not already received orders may not be able to transfer until after Oct. 1 when the new fiscal year begins.
Individuals currently under orders will be allowed to rotate as planned.
"Delaying these moves will help us live within the manpower resources we have been allocated," said Rear Adm. Don Quinn, commander, Navy Personnel Command. "We have chosen this path instead of other more painful options, such as involuntary separations. We fully understand the impact on our Sailors and their families, but this was clearly the best option in these extraordinary times."
Exceptions to the PCS hold include orders for Sailors separating from the service, individual augmentees and Global War On Terrorism Support Assignments (GSA), new accessions, organization moves as well as selected Joint Professional Military Education (JPME), graduate education moves and readiness moves.
Navy leaders will continue to work this issue and should additional funds become available, Navy will act promptly to restore these delayed PCS moves.
"We are working very hard to focus the remaining PCS funds on critical moves that are directly tied to fleet readiness," said Quinn.
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