Marines Changing Frequency of PCS Moves in 2022

What the Marine Corps Will Be Doing to Keep People In One Spot a Little Longer!

Are you in the Marine Corps and feel like you move a little too often? Good news. In 2022 the Marine Corps will be making some changes to help. 

In the Talent Management 2030 document, released in November of 2021, reducing PCS frequency within the Marine Corps is addressed. The document talks about how the pattern of moves isn’t replicated in high-performing civilian organizations, military allies, and partners. Annually, the marines move around 25,000 service members. 

The document states, “The assignments process should build unit cohesion and create conditions that best enable our commanders to lead, train, and employ their forces for competition and conflict.” However, this isn’t always the case. How can you truly devote the time you need to be a good leader when you are always in a state of moving or preparing to move? 

High Frequency of a PCS Can Be Strain on Military Families

With the high frequency of a PCS, there can be more strain on families. The moves can disrupt the employment of the spouse, the education stability of the children, and lead to lower retention rates. Military families want more stability and not have to pack up and move as often. 

The good news is that starting in 2022, monitors will seek to keep marines and their families in the same geographic duty station. However, they will still need to look at opportunities for career growth before they make that final decision. They will use PCA (Permanent Change of Assignment) vs PCS (Permanent Change of Station) when it comes to orders. 

PCSing Will Still Be a Part of Military Life

They do go on to mention that marines should still assume that PCSing is going to be a part of their lives during their time in the service. But, as stated in the document, “the institution will no longer view “homesteading” as a negative practice to avoid, but rather a vehicle for improving training, increasing unit stability, and reducing the stresses we place on our families.”

Hopefully, this change will be a positive one, allowing for families to spend more time in one location, help with retention rates, and make for a more balanced military career.

 

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About the author

Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.

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