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 Siobhana R. McEwen
Since sequestration began in 2013, the reduced number of hours flown by pilots, crews trained, and aircraft maintained has created a major problem: a lack of flight readiness across all the services. While the effect of budget constraints was not at first apparent, a rise in-flight mishaps, decreases in pilot retention, and increases in the number of aircraft that simply can’t fly have made it clear to policymakers that U.S. air superiority is suffering.
Fiscal year 2016 saw a number of changes to service member benefits, and 2017 is expected to follow along the same lines. As the Defense Department’s section of the president’s proposed budget was released Feb. 9, several personnel funding items are expected to be altered.