By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office
MILLINGTON, Tenn. — 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 come 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 and 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 in 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 allowance, overseas housing allowance, move-in housing allowance and cost-of-living allowance.
According to Wright there are many benefits to a tour in Japan including diversifying a Sailors 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 http://www.cnic.navy.mil/yokosuka/.