ANALYSIS OF THE PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION POLICY FOR THE U.S. NAVY SUPPLY CORPS COMMUNITY
Galvao, Jose A.
Poe, Thomas T.
Hatch, William D. II
Tick, Simona L.
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The Department of Defense is always examining opportunities to use its budget resources more efficiently while generating the right incentives to recruit, train and retain the best service members. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) funding requirements continue to increase at a rate that is significantly faster than the DoD budget allows. This has resulted in the Navy Personnel Command issuing letters of intent (NAVADMIN 159/17, 2017), allowing service members to start their PCS process before funding is granted and their orders are written. This study examines whether there are potential savings from implementing the option of two consecutive tours in the same CONUS geographical location. The study focuses on the Navy Supply Corps community, O1–O4, and uses a financial cost-benefit analysis (FCBA) to identify the relative strengths and weakness of a two-tour requirement in the same geographical location when compared to the status quo. Our findings show that there are positive net benefits for each individual set of PCS orders when facing a two-tour in the same CONUS geographical location. Our recommendation to Supply Corps Community senior leaders is to consider revising the PCS policy for their community with the goal of cost-saving and talent retention.
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