PCS Improvements Implemented
The Department of the Navy has recently made changes to the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves. The objective is to reduce stress for Navy and Marine families. Many Sailors and Marines nearing the end of their current assignment will receive a letter of intent. The letter enables them to begin the PCS process, set up shipment of their household items, complete required screenings and start searching for housing before receiving their official PCS orders.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven Giordano testified in March before the House Appropriations, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. He stated that in past years, PCS orders were issued four to six months before the move. Today, the current average for PCS orders is only two months before the scheduled move.
FRA’s 2017 Legislative Agenda includes tracking the PCS process to ensure adequate funding and timing and authorization of increased PCS mileage rates and higher household goods weight limits for senior enlisted personnel.