Following Permanent Change of Station orders can be one of the most challenging, stressful parts of life for any military family. But Navy personnel and their dependents this month got hit with a PCSing double whammy: The amount of time to shift their jobs, children, and possessions between duty stations is being reduced drastically — and no one can fully account for why.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo
The average time for an enlisted service member to become a Navy chief is 13 years. On the officer side, less than half of all commanders ever make it to captain, even after serving 21 or more years. But now, the Navy will begin filling these positions with civilians who possess specialized skills. The only requirement will be to make it through boot camp.