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PCS Moves Not Affected by Budget Environment

Sailors should not worry about how the current fiscal environment will affect their Personal Change of Station (PCS) orders. Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, chief of naval personnel, said the money associated with PCS moves is not affected by recent budget changes.

"The good news is we will continue to take care of our people and their families as they execute PCS moves throughout the year," said Van Buskirk. "With the continued pressure on our budget, we will watch very closely how this could possibly impact all of our Sailors."

Van Buskirk also said that after years of reducing the number of Sailors the Navy has balanced its mission requirements with its manning levels.

"I look forward to keeping a stable work force that aggressively addresses the gaps at sea, and making sure that we get the right person to the right job at the right time," said Van Buskirk.

With the Navy's current budget submission, the service is looking to increase the force by 900 Sailors during the next fiscal year.

Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, during a Pentagon press briefing, April 10, indicated that personnel growth would occur for F-18G Growler squadrons, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) crews, cyber commands, Individual Augmentees, nuclear trained personnel and maintenance crews.