By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The Navy announced June 19 that it will resume issuing Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders following a three month delay due to a budget shortfall.
Last April approximately 14,000 Sailors who were supposed to transfer over the summer had their transfer dates delayed until fiscal year 2010. With the passing of the supplemental request, Navy received approximately $89 million needed to fund PCS moves through the end of this fiscal year.
"Navy leadership made PCS funding a priority in discussions with the Congress and earlier this week, Navy's supplemental funding request passed both houses of Congress. Accordingly, Navy Personnel Command has been authorized to resume normal order writing, enabling Sailors and their families to move this summer,” said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel.
Sailors who previously negotiated orders, but then had their transfer date put on hold need to renegotiate orders via Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMSID) or their detailer. Detailers recorded what Sailors had previously negotiated and will try to honor those commitments, to the maximum extent possible, but Sailors still need to reapply.
During the PCS delay, Navy issued a limited number of orders for Sailors completing Individual Augmentees and GWOT Support Assignments as well as new accessions, so billets that were available before the PCS delay may no longer be available.
“We want to do what is best for the Sailor. Now that funds are available, they may want to move sooner in order to get their children enrolled in school or they may want to remain at there current duty station until November,” said Master Chief Quartermaster (SW/AW) Andy Millar, Senior Enlisted Advisor for Enlisted Distribution. Millar and his detailers are committed to working with affected Sailors to minimize the disruption for Sailors and their families.
The current CMSID cycle ends June 24 and the next cycle begins July 9 – 22. Sailors may log in and view available assignments at http://www.npc.navy.mil/Enlisted/CMS/.
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