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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.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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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.

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Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rosalie Garcia

The Navy saw decisive cuts within the fiscal year 2017 defense budget, but is expected to be more capable, according to an event page from American Enterprise Institute.

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Marine Corps photo by Kristen Wong

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.

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