Consider Japan When Looking for Orders

Story Number: NNS110720-15Release Date: 7/20/2011 3:12:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Career Management System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID) opened a new application phase July 18, and Navy leadership is reminding Sailors to consider duty in Japan.

"Some of the feedback we're getting from folks who have orders to Japan is they feel that it's unsafe to go there right now," said Command Master Chief (SW) Gregory Vidaurri, command master chief, Commander Fleet Activity Yokosuka (CFAY), who visited Navy Personnel Command with his command career counselor while traveling to the Navy Counselor Association Symposium. "We want to tell everybody that it is safe and we do want people to come back to Japan."

A temporary stop-movement order was issued for Navy personnel and their families scheduled to make permanent change of station (PCS) moves to Japan right after the earthquake and tsunami March 11. The stop-movement was cancelled in April and families can PCS as normal.

"For that Sailor who's never been overseas, Japan would be a good start," said Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW) Tasha Wright, command career counselor, CFAY. "You're in the military; you have the opportunity to travel that you'll probably never have. You'll get the opportunity to see places, go places and do things that you've never done."

CMS/ID is currently advertising 779 sea billets and 271 shore billets in Japan giving Sailors inside of their orders negotiation window plenty of options.

On-base housing is available in Japan, but living in the local community is an option. Sailors may be entitled to temporary living, overseas housing, move-in and cost-of-living allowances.

According to Wright there are many benefits to a tour in Japan including diversifying a Sailor's career, good Department of Defense schools, and support services for the service member and their families.

Sailors can view the listing through a secure website located at HTTPS://WWW.CMSID.NAVY.MIL or talk with their command career counselor.

For more information about Japan visit the CFAY Webpage at

For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit

7/26/2011 10:01:00 AM
I agree with the article concerning there is a perception outside of the Japan mainland that the region is not safe due to tsunammi - Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor event. I have a friend serving onboard the USS Blue Ridge, whose family evacuated after this event. The family has since returned to Japan. If my friend believed the area was unsafe, he would have told his family not to return. I served two years in Japan and I hope to return to Japan for a visit myself.

7/20/2011 11:32:00 PM
For those wanting more information about duty in Japan check out the official Duty In Japan YouTube Channel produced by Navy Region Japan public affairs at

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